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Selected Shorts: Entanglements with Meg Wolitzer



Hosted by Meg Wolitzer

My Years of Living Dangerously by Danielle Henderson

Performed by Karen Pittman

The Piano Teacher’s Pupil by William Trevor

Introduction by Elizabeth Strout

Performed by Kathryn Erbe

Missed Connection—M4W by Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Performed by Richard Kind

Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Away by Melissa Bank

Performed by Julianna Margulies

Blue Light, Red Light by J. Robert Lennon

Performed by Fred Hechinger

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

The Performers (in alphabetical order)

The Authors (in alphabetical order)



“My Years of Living Dangerously” by Danielle Henderson, excerpted from The Ugly Cry (Viking, 2021) and as published on LitHub (June 18, 2021). Copyright © 2021 by Danielle Henderson. Excerpt courtesy Penguin Random House Audio from The Ugly Cry by Danielle Henderson.

“The Piano Teacher’s Pupil” by William Trevor, from Last Stories (Viking, 2018). First published in The New Yorker (June 19, 2017). Copyright © 2017 by The Estate of William Trevor. Used by permission of Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.

“Missed Connection—M4W” by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, from Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory (Knopf, 2019). Copyright © 2019 by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. Used by permission of the author.

“Run Run Run Run Run Run Run Away” by Melissa Bank, from The Wonder Spot (Viking, 2005). First appeared in Ploughshares (Spring 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Melissa Bank. Used by permission of The Friedrich Agency, LLC, on behalf of The Estate of Melissa Bank.

“Blue Light, Red Light” by J. Robert Lennon, from Let Me Think (Graywolf Press, 2021). Copyright © 2021 by J. Robert Lennon. Used by permission of the author.


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

Support is also provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the MacMillan Family Foundation, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, and The Grodzins Fund.

Selected Shorts is also made possible 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.

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
Sarah Montague Selected Shorts Radio Producer
Jenny Falcon Selected Shorts Radio Producer
Miles B. Smith Selected Shorts Recording Engineer
Matthew Love Consultant for Literary Programs
Magdalene Wrobleski
Literary Assistant
Mollie Gordon Program Assistant
Madeleine Hearn
Literary Intern
Gabriela Parra
Lambis Literary Intern

*in memoriam

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