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Selected Shorts: Grace Paley Centennial with Lauren Groff


Masks are encouraged and appreciated, but not mandatory for this event.

In honor of the centennial of renowned writer and activist Grace Paley, Selected Shorts pays tribute to her enduring legacy with an evening of classic tales curated from her Collected Stories, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist. Fellow National Book Award finalist and bestselling author Lauren Groff (Matrix) leads a cast of actors and admirers in celebrating Paley’s unmatched talent for illuminating the real world through fiction, poetry, and essay. With performances by Justin Bartha (National Treasure), Joanna Gleason (The Bite), Jackie Hoffman (Only Murders in the Building), Adina Verson (Only Murders in the Building), and Rita Wolf (Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance).

“A writer like Paley comes along and brightens language up again, takes it aside and gives it a pep talk, sends it back renewed, so it can do its job, which is to wake us up.” -George Saunders

Real-time captioning (CART) will be available in our theater for patrons with hearing loss, deafness, different language and learning needs, and anyone whose experience will be enhanced by CART. To access CART on your individual smartphone or tablet, please visit

There will not be a book signing at this event.


Peter Jay Sharp Theatre

Expected Run Time is 105 minutes

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