On the heels of one of the most controversial years in recent history, one which left the majority of America unmoored and grasping for answers, It Occurs to Me That I Am America brings together more than fifty bestselling and award-winning authors and artists in an unprecedented collection of original short stories and art.
Actors Ellen Burstyn (House of Cards), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Jennifer Ikeda (Madam Secretary), Khris Lewin (Hamlet. A Version), and Peter Francis James (Present Laughter) perform stories at this one-of-a-kind evening of art and fiction with authors Elizabeth Strout (Olive Kitteridge), Julia Alvarez (How the García Girls Lost Their Accents), and artists Shahzia Sikander and Marilyn Minter as we explore through fiction and art what it means to be American in these troubling times. Hosted by editor Jonathan Santlofer (The Death Artist). With a special introduction by ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero.
** Please note: Fiction in the Kitchen with Food52 has been moved to May 23rd
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.