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Selected Shorts May 18



Hosted by Amy Tan

The Frog and the Bird by Ben Loory

Performed by Mike Doyle

The Mating Call by Mikkel Rosengaard

Performed by BD Wong

Town of Birds by Heather Monley

Performed by Yetide Badaki

Chasing Birds by Cristina Henríquez

Performed by Maryann Plunkett

At this Performance of Selected Shorts: Real-time captioning (CART) will be available in our theater for patrons with hearing loss, deafness, and/or different language and learning needs. CART can be accessed through individual smartphones and tablets at

Please note that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Holly Hunter will no longer be appearing at this event.

The Performers (in alphabetical order)

The Authors

More Information


“The Frog and the Bird” by Ben Loory, from Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin, September 2017). First published in Another Chicago Magazine. Copyright © 2017 by Ben Loory. Used by permission of the author.

“The Mating Call” by Mikkel Rosengaard. First published in McSweeney’s, 63. Copyright © by Mikkel Rosengaard. Used by permission of the author.

“Town of Birds” by Heather Monley. First appeared in the Kenyon Review (Winter 2014, Vol. XXXVI Number 1). Copyright © 2014 by Heather Monley. Used by permission of the author.

“Chasing Birds” by Cristina Henríquez. First published in Ploughshares. Copyright © 2006 by Cristina Henríquez. Used by permission of The Book Group.

Selected Shorts Funding Credits

Selected Shorts is supported by the Dungannon Foundation, creator of The Rea Award for the Short Story.

Support is also provided by the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Lemberg Foundation, and The Grodzins Fund.

Selected Shorts is also made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Support for CART Captioning is provided in part by TDF TAP Plus with support from NYSCA.

Symphony Space thanks our generous supporters, including our Board of Directors, Producers Circle, and members, who make our programs possible with their annual support.

Flowers courtesy of PlantShed.


It’s a truly extraordinary moment to be here for the 21/22 Symphony Space season! We are so grateful to the independent venue operators who banded together to initiate the Save Our Stages campaign, which became the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Through the leadership of Senator Chuck Schumer, and with bipartisan support from many Senators and Representatives, the creative community was bolstered by this special funding. All of us at Symphony Space extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every individual who recognized the unmistakable power and importance of the arts in this most critical moment.

Symphony Space Staff

Kathy Landau Executive Director
Peg Wreen
Managing Director
Isaiah Sheffer
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)
Artistic Director (1988-2010)
Founding Artistic Director (2010-2012)
Allan Miller
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1988)

Jennifer Brennan Director of Literary Programs
Drew Richardson
Lead Producer of Literary Programs
Vivienne Woodward
Producer of Literary Programs
Mary Shimkin
Director of Broadcast & Literary Initiatives
Matthew Love
Consultant for Literary Programs
Magdalene Wrobleski
Literary Assistant
Antonio Brown
Mollie Gordon

*in memoriam

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