Tonight: Necromancers of the Public Domain Do Yvette Guilbert

Each month, Theater of the Apes plucks a long forgotten volume from the shelves of the New York Society Library and resurrects it as NECROMANCERS OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN, a low budget variety show. 

September’s book is: HOW TO SING A SONG: The Art of Lyric and Dramatic Interpretation (1918) by Yvette Guilbert. (Learn about Yvette Guilbert here. Also Guilbert was a favorite subject of Toulouse-Lautrec, whom we wrote about here and here).


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! (Read it in its entirety here;

WHAT:  Necromancers of the Public Domain – How to Sing a Song (1918) by Yvette Guilbert

WHEN: Tonight,Monday, September 24, 2018, 8 p.m. (Running time: 75 minutes)

WHERE: The Tank312 West 36th Street (btwn 8th and 9th) New York, NY 10018

WHO: Theater of the Apes 


Nick Balaban (Blues Clues / Musician around town)

Ammon Gompson (Blue Man Group – The Complex)

Debra Castellano ( / Waste Management: The Show)

Emily Flake (The New Yorker / Mama Tried)

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 Ayun Halliday (No Touch Monkey! / Queen of the Apes)

HOW MUCH: $15, Tickets on sale here:

WHAT ELSE: Wine & beer available for purchase in the lobby