Necromancers of the Public Domain


Watch it LIVE, June 7 at 7pm EST right here on THEATER OF THE APES!

Every month, Theater of the Apes plucks a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library to resurrect as Necromancers of the Public Domain, a 1-night-only NYC variety show.

Our esteemed friends, the 17-YEAR CICADAS have commanded that we pull ourselves from the pandemic-mandated underground and up into the virtual realm, to celebrate their emergence together, with sounds, song, reflections, slideshows of questionable educational value, comedy, bombast, short films, cooking demonstrations, aural experiments and other entomological observations.


Live streaming on Monday June 7, 7pm
after which, it will be accessible by digging down into Theater of the Apes’ vortex for 17 YEARS.

Streaming links:
YOU TUBE (see it live, and for 17 years thereafter)
Facebook Live

FREE to the PEOPLE! (donations to Theater of the Apes, and / or individual performers are much appreciated.)

Nick Balaban (New album – Goodbye Cruel World drops in June 2021)

Dan Cary

Pete Cary (P.H. Cary Guitars)

Tyler Gunther (TikTok’s Greedy Peasant)

Nicole Hill (Clown ZerO)

Greg Kotis (Silverback of the Apes and esteemed playwright)

Lisa Lim (cartoonist and storyteller)

Chris Lindsay-Abaire (Brave New World)

Dani Miriti Pacheco

Tomás Miriti Pacheco

Maria Miriti (Undergraduate Network for Increasing Diversity of Ecologists)

Pearl Rhein

Dejen Tesfagiorgis (Deja Deja Comedy)

Eva Van Dok Pinkley (Eva Pinkley Yoga + Healing)

Hosted by Ayun Halliday, Queen of the Apes

Technical Director, Ellia Bisker

Prepare yourself by flipping through
The Periodical Cicada: An Account of Cicada Septendecim, Its Natural Enemies and the Means of Preventing Its Injury (1907)By entomologist Charles L. Marlatt

“Much obscurity must always attach to the past history of this insect and the origin of its peculiar habits, and notably the causes and conditions which have led to the establishment of the long underground existence and the equally extraordinary regularity in time of emergence at the end of this period.”

Each month, we pluck a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library to resurrect as a one-night-only NYC variety show…

Theater of the Apes Ticket chimp!

Relive the glory of Necromancers Past here.

Peek under our petticoats as New York Theater Review interviews Ayun about Necromancer’s withers, whys and wherefores.

Necromancers of the Public Domain Purple Postcard 2020