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2020: 365 days, 365 seconds

Sunday, January 3rd, 2021
© Ayun Halliday 2020

As featured in East Village Inky #62, it’s 2020.
Covid-19 hits NYC, theaters close, Black Lives Matter, homemade masks, socially distanced Central Park, 4 seasons & far few people & bows than previous installments of Ayun’s annual year end video project.

But also hope, family, long distance connections, and volunteer shifts at the food pantry on the next block.

HAPPY NEW YEAR compliments of the Entire Staff of the East Village Inky.

See the complete playlist in chronological order here.

Andrew Cuomo’s Nipple Rings: An Oral History

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

It’s my pleasure to have contributed a 10-page comic, Andrew Cuomo’s Nipple Rings: An Oral History to the inaugural issue of The Flashpaper: The Theatre’s Thoughts on Right Now.

12 contributors tackled the prospect of theater in the post-social distancing age, using a variety of formats: short plays, essays, manifestos, photo series, and a comic that is less about the possibly pierced nipples of Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York than it is about the near dystopian challenge we face as theater artists.

Here’s a taste of my efforts:

From Andrew Cuomo’s Nipple Rings: An Oral History, © Ayun Halliday, 2020
Published in The Flashpaper, Issue Number One

It’s a print-only publication! So if you want it, you gotta throw some dough at The Flashpaper then park your ayuss by the mailbox, eagerly awaiting delivery while patting yourself on the back for supporting the future of theater, the people who make it, and the Indie Theater Fund, a small but mighty non-profit organization that swooped in and helped so many of us just hours after a raging pandemic forced every theater in NYC to close.

The debut issues features work by ​Raquel Almazan​, ​Clare Barron​, ​Sarah Einspanier​, ​Kelley Nicole Girod​, ​Ayun Halliday​, ​Kinesis Project dance theatre​, ​The Living Theatre, ​Tara Moses​, ​National Asian American Theatre Company​, ​Parallel Exit​, ​Meropi Peponides​, and ​Theater Breaking Through Barriers​, along with a foreword by ​David Henry Hwang​ and an afterword bySarah Treem​.

To learn more about The Flashpaper and purchase the debut issue, click here.

Last play in NYC = 1st coronavirus comic

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

I wasn’t anticipating that an assignment to report on an Off-Off-Broadway play by a visiting Japanese company would turn into a coronavirus era comic about the shut down of New York City, nor that it would take me over a month to produce 12 panels… (mostly just thinking and avoiding, though once I mustered the wherewithal, I spent a bit more time homeskoooling myself on a digital coloring and correcting program)

Read the rest on Book + Film Globe…

Happy #Quaranzinefest

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Mungo and I collaborated on a little unboxing video to celebrate. Look at all the good stuff manager Liz Mason picked out for our Qustomized Quimby’s Quarantine Zine Package! The East Village Inky will be tabling all weekend here in cyberspace. Visit us on Facebook, order up some back issues, and check out what other participants have to offer by browsing the hashtag #quaranzinefest

COVID-19-era Birthday Wish

Friday, March 27th, 2020

Know what I want for MY BIRTHDAY Sunday? I want you to buy a zine (or book or some paper-based oddity) from Quimby’s Bookstore, a longtime supporter of The East Village Inky & 1000s of zinemakers the world over.

This is in lieu of a Facebook fundraiser or donation solicitation- I figure everyone’s hand’s out, and everyone who can is putting their dwindling funds where they feel it’s needed, and need no further lobbying from me.
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Treat yourself by following my orders (always!). Discover some weird new thing, or revisit a beloved weird old thing. Your purchase, no matter how small, will benefit a rad & venerable independent bookstore. Get a zine. Get mail (unless you want do Chicago curb service, or alternatively are picking up necessary supplies at Crest Hardware & Urban Garden Center in Brooklyn, where Quimby’s Bookstore NYC has a pop up.

Extra credit: make the birthday girl’s day by hipping her to what you chose.

Extra extra credit: Get inspired to make a zine your own damnself and send me a copy whenever it rolls off the press.

Go big with the Qustomized Quimby’s Quarantine Zine Pack – manager Liz Mason will tailor make the zinely equivalent of pinata full of surprises based on your tastes, kinks and interests.

🎂🎂🎂❤️ where the hell’s the zine emoji? What has this world come to?

Join me and Silverback Greg Kotis for a Free Holiday Party at the Drama Bookshop

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Hey friends! The Drama Bookshop is falling victim to rising NYC rents, and while we’re rooting for them to rise again in another location, let’s take the opportunity to hobnob with other Off-Off-Broadway glitterati at a FREE HOLIDAY PARTY to kick off Theater of the Apes’ 10th anniversary co-production of The Truth About Santa, an apocalyptic holiday tale by Silverback Greg Kotis.

11/28/2018 – from 5pm-7pm

We have all sorts of jolly activities planned, like a COOKIE SWAP, free photo ops on Santa’s knee, and signings of Urinetown, Pig Farm, Eat the Taste, and of course, The Truth About Santa!

 

More info here!

RSVP on Facebook 

Don’t forget to get a babysitter and join us for THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA, December 5-20 at The Tank NYC

 

New solo show in NYC: NURSE! June 12, 13 & 14

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

Coming soon

Long talked about…
Up ’til now unwritten…

NURSE!

A solo show by Ayun Halliday

Inspired in part by the life of Kate Claxton, ingenue turned entrepreneur-of-a-certain-age, who spent decades recounting the events of the Brooklyn Theater Fire to sold out crowds…

One Woman Show Romeo and Juliet

Advance tickets on sale soon…

More information compliments of  Theater of the Apes 

NURSE is presented by The TankHome for Emerging Artists NYC

Quimby’s Zine Reading – July 7

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

logoI’ll be celebrating Pete’s Mini Zinefest Eve by reading aloud from the East Village Inky at Quimby’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The fun’s free and starts at 7pm. Come see me and a bunch of other nifty zinepeople!

July 7, 7pm at Quimby’s NYC

536 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Pete’s Mini Zine Fest – July 8

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

I’ll be making my way back to Brooklyn for Pete’s Mini Zine Fest on July 8 with a brand spankin’ new ish of the East Village Inky, in addition to a bunch of back issues and books! Wahoo! Buy me a beer?

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Domestic Cage Match!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

In which TDF Stages has the Silverback and me interview each other about our upcoming Theater of the Apes residency at The Brick, March 2017. Read the interview, then see the shows!

Greg Kotis Ayun Halliday theater company

Human See. Human Do.