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Selected Shorts: Friendship



Hosted by Jane Curtin and Jane Kaczmarek

Let's Get Drinks by Kelly Stout

Performed by Jane Curtin and Jane Kaczmarek

The Last Words Of Benito Picone by Anthony Marra

Performed by John Turturro

Friends by Laura van den Berg

Performed by Roberta Colindrez

True Friendship by Jorge F. Hernández

Performed by Michael Urie

Escape from New York by Zadie Smith

Performed by Roy Wood Jr.

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)



“Let's Get Drinks” by Kelly Stout, from The New Yorker (January, 2015). Copyright © 2015 by Kelly Stout. Used by permission of the author.

“The Last Words Of Benito Picone” by Anthony Marra, originally published in ZYZZYVA (August 2015). Copyright © 2015 by Anthony Marra. Used by permission of the author.

“Friends” by Laura van den Berg, from I Hold a Wolf by the Ears (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, July 2020). Copyright © 2020 by Laura van den Berg. Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

“True Friendship” by Jorge F. Hernández, translated by Jorge F. Hernández and Anita Sagástegui, from The Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction (Dalkey Archive Press-UNAM, 2009). Copyright © Jorge F. Hernández. Used by permission of the author.

“Escape from New York” by Zadie Smith. Copyright © Zadie Smith. Reproduced by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN.


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.

Pianos by Steinway & Sons – the Artistic Choice of Symphony Space.

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
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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