Ayun Halliday


An agrarian settlement of 3 middle aged women and 3 teenage boys communicates in dialogue culled exclusively from social media comments in this post digital, pre-apocalyptic dark comedy-cum-anthropological-study.

Ayun Halliday is the Chief Primatologist of The East Village Inky zine, and the author of seven books, including No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late and the graphic novel, Peanut (a Young Adult Library Services Association 2014 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers).

As a member of the Neo-Futurists, she wrote and performed in over 500 short plays and several full-length solo performances. Her near bottomless appetite for creating theater with teens developed whilst directing a cast of ten homeschoolers in the Kotis-Hollman musical, Yeast Nation. She is also the founder of Anne Bonney Improv for Teenage Girls. Her most recent plays are The Mermaid’s Legs (2014) and Fawnbook (2015).

Ayun graduated with a BS in theater from Northwestern University where she studied acting with Bud Beyer and cultural anthropology with Dwight Conquergood. In an unusual burst of common sense, she also enrolled in the Chicago School of Massage Therapy shortly after graduating, thus breaking a cycle of waiting tables, temping and other crappy day jobs detailed in her third book, Job Hopper.

A Hoos-Yorker by way of Chicago, Ayun is married to playwright Greg Kotis. They live in East Harlem, with their son Milo and, from time to time, their playwright daughter, India. Her current dream roles are Mother Courage and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet.