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 (a cabaret star of fin-de-siecle Paris and a favorite subject of Toulouse-Lautrec)
FROM THE BOOK: 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!