Necromancers of the Public Domain – Past Editions

Each month, we pluck a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library and resurrect it as a low budget variety show. 

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

Want to perform at an upcoming Necromancers of the Public Domain? Holler.

Here’s what’s coming up to the plate.

Here are the ones we’ve returned to the vortex:

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March 11 2019 The Up-to-Date Waitress by Janet McKenzie Hill (1914)

The particular things that a waitress is called upon to do vary with the mode of life of those by whom she is employed, no less than with the section of the country in which she is located. But an axiom in life particularly applicable to the waitress is that ones value largely depends upon the number of things one knows how to do well. 

WITH:

Rosalind Grush (The Tank / Rosalind Grush’s Reproductive Cycle)

Katie Hartman (The Coldharts / The Twin Cities Horror Festival)

Ed Horan (Elevator Pitch)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

Read the full text here.

February 11, 2019  The Grizzly: Our Greatest Wild Animal  by Enos A. Mills (1919)

It would make exciting reading if a forty-year-old grizzly bear were to write his autobiography. Beginning with the stories from his mother of the long and exciting journey of his ancestors from far-off Asia and of her own struggle in bringing up her family, and then telling of his own adventurous life and his meetings with men and with other animals, he could give us a book of highly dramatic quality. 

WITH:

Mike Andrews (Bridgeside Live)

Iossy Freud and Milo Kotis (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division / Animal Farm)

Jenny Hann (Puppet Playlist / WonderSpark Puppets)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

Read the full text here.

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                                   by W.J. Crawford, 1918
There is as yet no telephone by means of which we can ring up our friend who has gone before; we have to communicate with him in roundabout and devious ways, ways which are sometimes troublesome and annoying when we take a shortsighted view of things, but which are very wonderful when we take the longer view.

WITH:

Mike Andrews (Bridgeside Live)

Ellia Bisker & Jeff Morris (Charming Disaster / Kotorino) with Heather Cole 

Riley Kellogg (through a glassWonderful Town Tours)

Lady Von Tramp (Flighty Spirit)

Trav S. D. (Travalanche)

Christine Schisano (Damascus / HOME)

Kyra Sims (SpamalotThe NY Neo-Futurists)

Sam Soghor (Sam’s Tea Shack)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

Read the full text here.

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December 10, 2018 Christmas in Art by Frederick Keppell (1909)

All the happy homecomings of grown up sons and daughters, all the festivity, good will, and good cheer which belong to our own festival of Thanksgiving Day, belonged in Europe, and still belong, to Christmas. Happily of recent years, our American Puritan grimness is rapidly disappearing and is giving place to the older and more joyous observances of the day.

WITH:

Ellia Bisker (Charming Disaster / Sweet Soubrette) with Heather Cole

Bryce Edwards (Gobbydafoo)

Rosalind Grush (The Tank / Rosalind Grush’s Reproductive Cycle)

Lloyd Miller (The Deedle Deedle Dees / Trashed Out)

Rob Neill  (The New York NeoFuturists)

Stephen O’Rourke  (Peas and Carrots / Love Sucks)

Pearl Rhein (The Bushwick Book ClubNatasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

Read the full text here.

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November 12, 2018 Physical Training for Women by Japanese Methods (1904) by H. Irving Hancock

One of the phrases that should be stricken from the English language is “the weaker sex”. After a long experience in Japanese athletics, the writer has no patience with women who consider that merely because of their sex they should be weaker than men. In Japan, the women are not weaker, and in this country they have no right to be.

WITH:

Iosef Freud (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Quintin Harris (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Milo Kotis (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Lisa Lim (Soma So Strange / Guernica)

Pearl Rhein (The Bushwick Book Club / Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)

Nate Shaw (Brooklyn Music Factory / The Gowanus Reggae Society)

Stephanie Summerville (Zamboni Godot / The MOTH)

Paul David Young (Faust 3 In the Summer Pavilion)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

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October 15, 2018 What Makes the House Beautiful: A Collection of Building Details with Measured Drawings  Henrietta C. Peabody, editor, (1920)

An elaborate stairway is as out-of-place in a simple house as a simple one is in an elaborate house. An eccentric one is bad in any house. 

WITH:

Andria Alefhi (We’ll Never Have Paris / Listening to Work)

Charlie Carr Baker (Rockwood Music Hall / All-Nighter with Charles Baker)

Ellia Bisker (Charming Disaster / Sweet Soubrette) with Hannah Cole

Shayna Strype (Antrak / Curiouser and Curiouserwith Sarah Willis

Stephen O’Rourke  (Peas and Carrots / Love Sucks)

Nate Shaw (Brooklyn Music Factory / The Oprah Winfrey Show)

Olga Terlitsky (The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey / The Virtuoso Suzuki Academy)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

Read the full text here.


September 2018: HOW TO SING A SONG: The Art of Lyric and Dramatic Interpretation by Yvette Guilbert (1918)

Make the public conceive that you too are a poor human being…full of hope, full of deception…a poor human being dreaming of kindness, of beauty, of love. Show your public all the precious smiles you have, hidden behind your tears, and let the public guess how you must have suffered to be able to translate its own suffering! Hide from the public the effort you make to smile so that they should smile…Speak to their hearts, speak to their souls!

WITH:

Nick Balaban (Blues Clues / Musician around town)

Emily Flake (The New Yorker / Mama Tried)

Ammon Gompson (Blue Man Group / The Complex)

Debra Castellano (CitizenDeb.com / Waste Management: The Show)

Artemisia & Renee Guerrero  (The Poetry Brothel / Romanze: Songs of Tosti)

Greg Kotis (Urinetown / Yeast Nation )

Shelton Pritchard Lindsay (Pink Wallet Productions)

Anthony Wills, Jr. (Artistic Pride Productions)

Hosted by Queen of the Apes, Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / East Village Inky)

Read HOW TO SING A SONG: The Art of Lyric and Dramatic Interpretation for free online.

June 2018: Pictorial Photography in America (1922)

We cannot claim for our art any outstanding phenomenon like the interest in the radio that has swept the country this year, or any remarkable development in the science of photography like the invention a few years ago of the Lumière plate. The day may come when our exhibitions will show masses of color on their walls which will make the water-colorists and the miniaturists green with envy, but that day is not yet. And I for one would be sorry to see it come. 

Featuring:

Nick Balaban (Blues Clues / Musician around town)

Ellia Bisker (Charming Disaster / Sweet Soubrette) with Hannah Cole

Avram Gleitsman (Blue Man Group – The Complex)

India Kotis (The Tangibles / American Museum of Natural History)

Greg Kotis (Urinetown / Yeast Nation )

Lilian Rona (Acapella: Classical and Contemporary)

Michael Rubin (Blues Clues / Bubble Guppies)

Shayna Strype (Antrak / Curiouser and Curiouser)

Hosted by Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! The East Village Inky)

Read Pictorial Photography in America (1922) for free online.

Relive the moment with Ellia Bisker and Hannah Cole, below:

May 2018: The Spinner Family (1903)

All of Nature’s children are interesting, whether rock or stream, herb or tree, bird or insect or other animal, and the spiders are by no means the least interesting among them all. Nowhere will the student and lover of nature find a more profitable study or a keener joy than in delving into the secrets of the spinners, or watching them solve the problems which they meet in their struggle for existence. 

Featuring:

Bryce Edwards (Gobbydafoo)

Iossy Freud (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Katie Fricas (The Guardian / Spiralbound)

Halley “Halogyn” Gerstel (NYC Dance Educator)

Quintin Harris (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Milo Kotis (Theater of the Apes Sub-Adult Division)

Alix Marello (Jazz Singer/Songwriter)

Rob Neill  (The New York NeoFuturists)

Pearl Rhein (The Bushwick Book Club / Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812)

Michael Rubin (Blues Clues / Bubble Guppies)

Hosted by Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! The East Village Inky)

Read The Spinner Family for free online

April 2018: My Country by Queen Marie of Romania

Once I was a stranger to this people; Now I am one of them, and, because I came from so far, better was I able to see them with their good qualities, and with their defects…

Necromancers: :

Rob Ackerman (Tabletop / Volleygirls)

Nick Balaban (Blues Clues / Musician around town)

Karen Christopher (Haranczak/Navarre Performance Projects)

Leah Coloff (This Tree)

Susan Hwang (The Bushwick Book Club / Lusterlit)

Greg Kotis (Urinetown / Yeast Nation )

Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit)

Ben Watts (The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald)

Paul David Young (Faust 3 In the Summer Pavilion)

Hosted by Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! The East Village Inky)

This Necromancers transpired in  in The New York Society Library’s Members Room, a grand setting seldom seen by peasants such as ourselves.

Read an interview between the New York Society Library’s Head Librarian and the Queen of the Apes about the Necromancer process!


March, 2018: Campward Ho! 

Someone has said, “We camp to live with Nature.” If living is knowing, let us then while we camp, learn to know the great out-of-doors, and at the same time take advantage of being together, and learn to live as Scouts. The information given is the result of experience gained not only as a camp Director and a housekeeper, but as a co-worker with hundreds of Scouts whose needs are very real.

Necromancers: 

Nick Balaban (Blues Clues / Musician around town)

Ellia Bisker (Charming Disaster / Sweet Soubrette)

Debra Castellano (CitizenDeb.com / Waste Management: The Show)

Susan Hwang (The Bushwick Book Club / Lusterlit)

Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit)

Dejen Tesfagiorgis (Let’s Make a Mixtape / Solid Footing)

Merit Badges by Sandye Renz, Girl Scout cookies by the ROC’s Girl Scout Troop

Listen to Ellia Bisker’s beautiful original song for Campward, Ho! featuring violinist Heather Cole, below:

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February, 2018:  Masterpieces in Colour: Bastien-Lepage 

“There are certain beings who bear the stamp of the divine seal and are preordained to receive the higest favours within the gift of glory; they are fated to pass through life like those brilliant meteors which are seen to flash across the heavens and disappear in the same instant. Bastien-Lepage was one of those meteors.”

Necromancers:

Nick Balaban (Pianist extraordinaire)

Raquel Cion ( Me & Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie)

Katie Fricas (The Guardian / Fashionique)

Greg Kotis (Urinetown: The Musical)

Susan Hwang (The Bushwick Book Club / Lusterlit)

Charlie Nieland (Lusterlit)

Stencils by Margaret Peot  (The Successful Artist’s Career Guide: Finding Your Way in the Business of Art)

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Below, cartoonist Katie Fricas pulls together her Necromancers’ slideshow lecture on the life of Jules Bastien-Lepage, as recorded by Maia MacDonald for her Process Pieces podcast.