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Hosted by Meg Wolitzer

My Husband, I Vow to Honor You Always—Unless We’re Playing Scrabble, in Which Case I’ll Destroy Your Ass by Maeve Dunigan

Performed by Susie Essman

Some News by Dylan Marron

Performed by Dylan Marron

Still of Some Use by John Updike

Performed by James Naughton

Lodden Thinks game segment with Maria Konnikova

Featuring Susie Essman and John Hodgman

The Tribal Rite of the Strombergs by Simon Rich

Performed by John Hodgman

Some Say the World by Susan Perabo

Performed by Colby Minifie

The Artists (in alphabetical order)

The AUTHORS (in alphabetical order)



“My Husband, I Vow to Honor You Always—Unless We’re Playing Scrabble, in Which Case I’ll Destroy Your Ass,” by Maeve Dunigan, from The New Yorker (September 21, 2021). Used by permission of the author and Condé Nast.

“Some News,” by Dylan Marron. Commissioned by Symphony Space. Copyright © 2024 by Dylan Marron and Symphony Space.

“Still of Some Use,” by John Updike, from Trust Me (Knopf, 1987). First appeared in The New Yorker (September 28, 1980). Copyright © 1980 by the John H. Updike Literary Trust. Used by permission of The Wylie Agency.

“The Tribal Rite of the Strombergs,” by Simon Rich. First published in The New Yorker (August 19, 2013) and collected in Spoiled Brats (Little, Brown and Company, 2014). Copyright © 2013 by Simon Rich. Used by permission of Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency.

“Some Say the World,” by Susan Perabo, from Who I Was Supposed to Be (Simon & Schuster, 1999). Copyright © 1999 by Susan Perabo. Used by permission of the author.


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

Symphony Space’s season of programming is also made possible by the generous support of Susan Bay Nimoy, Estate of Douglas M. Matheson, Seedlings Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Charina Endowment Fund, Henry Nias Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, PECO Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina, Mustang Foundation, Michael Tuch Foundation, Axe-Houghton Foundation, Jody and John Arnhold and the Arnhold Foundation, The Grodzins Fund, The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Society of North America, and Theatre Development Fund.

Programming 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.

Floral Design by PlantShed

Symphony Space Staff

Kathy Landau Executive Director
Peg Wreen
Managing Director
Isaiah Sheffer
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1990)
Artistic Director (1990-2010)
Founding Artistic Director (2010-2012)
Allan Miller
Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director (1978-1990)

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

*in memoriam

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