Selected Shorts comes to The Ridgefield Playhouse for the Mark Twain Library Pudd'nhead Festival with Behaving Badly: Wickedly funny tales about oh-so human humans trying to be good and going off the rails. Hosted by Michael Ian Black, with performances by Jane Kaczmarek and Kate Walsh.
Recorded for radio to Benefit The Mark Twain Library
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Michael Ian Black is known for such seminal television programs as The State, Stella, and Michael and Michael Have Issues, all of which he co-created, wrote, and starred in. In addition to performing stand-up across the country, Black has appeared in many films and television shows, including Ed, Wet Hot American Summer, Burning Love, They Came Together, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Inside Amy Schumer, VH1’s I Love the ’80s, The Good Fight, and Dogs in a Park. He has written best-selling books for both children and adults. Black is the host of the podcast How to Be Amazing and can currently be seen on Comedy Central’s Another Period and Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.
Jane Kaczmarek is best known for her role as Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, for which she received 7 consecutive Emmy nominations, as well as nominations for the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. Her television career began on The Paper Chase, St. Elsewhere, and Hill Street Blues. In New York, Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway and off at Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, the Public Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Kaczmarek appeared in Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Geffen Playhouse with Alfred Molina, and most recently played the Stage Manager in Our Town with Deaf West Theatre.
Kate Walsh is best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off series Private Practice, as well as her starring role on Bad Judge. Additional television credits include The Drew Carey Show, Funny or Die Presents, Full Circle, Everyone’s Crazy But Us, and 13 Reasons Why. Walsh has appeared off-Broadway in Dusk Rings a Bell and the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of If I Forget, which was streamed on Broadway HD. Her film credits include Kicking & Screaming, Under the Tuscan Sun, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Just Before I Go, Fargo, Girls Trip, Corporate, and most recently, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.
Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space in New York City 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, with over 100,000 downloads every week. 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. Evenings are often co-hosted by writers or involve a special collaboration with literary publications, podcasts, museums, and more. Each Selected Shorts is a unique night of literature in performance. Past readers include Stephen Colbert, Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep, Courtney B. Vance, Mary Louise Parker, Bryan Cranston, Bobby Cannavale, Angelica Huston, William Hurt, Lance Reddick, John Lithgow, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Leonard Nimoy, Edie Falco, Jane Curtin, Sigourney Weaver, Morgan Freeman and many more.
Expected Run Time is 120 minutes