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Selected Shorts 4/13



Hosted by Mona Eltahawy

Unpopular Gals by Margaret Atwood

Performed by Ann Harada

A Way with Bea by Shanteka Sigers

Performed by Pascale Armand

Take Pills and Wait for Hips by Anya DeNiro

Performed by Pooya Mohseni

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Performed by Carrie Coon

Faith and Hope Go Shopping by Joanne Harris

Performed by Lois Smith

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

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“Unpopular Gals” by Margaret Atwood, from Good Bones and Simple Murders (Nan A. Talese, November 2001). First published in Mississippi Review. Copyright © 1993 by Margaret Atwood. Used by permission of TK.

“A Way with Bea” by Shanteka Sigers, from The Best American Short Stories 2021 (Mariner, October 2021). First published in The Paris Review. Copyright © 2020 by Shanteka Sigers. Used by permission of the author.

“Take Pills and Wait for Hips” by Anya DeNiro. First published in Catapult. Copyright © 2018 by Anya DeNiro. Used by permission of the author.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. First published in The New England Magazine. In the public domain.

“Faith and Hope Go Shopping” from Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris. Copyright © Joanne Harris. Used by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN.

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 Consolidated Edison Company of New York, 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.

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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