Host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of PBS' Finding Your Roots, leads us through a magical evening of performances by Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), Crystal Dickinson (Clybourne Park), Adepero Oduye (Twelve Years a Slave), Karen Pittman (The Americans), and Kaneza Schaal (Elevator Repair Service).
This evening is inspired by Gates' latest work, The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers, as well as three brilliant contemporary authors: Brit Bennett, ZZ Packer, and Alice Walker.
Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space and broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes. The series began in 1985 and enjoys sold-out performances to this day. Selected Shorts was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors of stage and screen. Featuring stories around a lively theme, the favorite works of a guest author, or a special collaboration, each Selected Shorts event is a unique night of literature in performance.
Actors subject to change.
Premium tickets are available and include a $50 tax-deductible donation to Symphony Space.