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Selected Shorts: Marlon & Jake Read Dead People


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

Booker Prize–winning and internationally bestselling author Marlon James and his editor at Riverhead Books, Jake Morrissey, host an evening of Selected Shorts inspired by their podcast, Marlon & Jake Read Dead People. In each episode, Marlon and Jake share their brutally honest opinions about our literary canon, from the spectacularly good to the hilariously bad. Now the pair bring a selection of the spectacularly good to Symphony Space with an evening of short fiction read aloud to you by actors Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Brandon J. Dirden (Take Me Out), Debra Monk (The Gilded Age), Thom Sesma (Madam Secretary), and Heather Alicia Simms (Richard III)!

Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space and broadcast on more than 130 stations around the country. 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.

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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