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Selected Shorts: Marlon and Jake Read Dead People



Hosted by Marlon James and Jake Morrissey

Shoulder-Top Secretary by Hoshi Shin’ichi, translated by Jay Rubin

Performed by Thom Sesma

Red Dirt Don't Wash by Roger Mais

Performed by Brandon J. Dirden

Bago by Alberto Savinio, translated by Michael F. Moore

Performed by Donna Lynne Champlin

Riddym Ravings by Jean "Binta" Breeze

Performed by Heather Alicia Simms

The Diamond Mine by Nadine Gordimer

Performed by Debra Monk

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)



“Riddym Ravings,” by Jean "Binta" Breeze, from Third World Girl: Selected Poems, with Live DVD (Bloodaxe Books, 2011). Reproduced with permission of Bloodaxe Books.

“Bago,” by Alberto Savinio, from Tutta la vida and reprinted in The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. Edited by Paola Italia (Milano: Adelphi, Piccola Biblioteca Adelphi series, 2011). Translation © Michael F. Moore, 2019. English translation used by permission of Michael F. Moore.

“Shoulder-Top Secretary,” by Hoshi Shin’ichi, copyright © 1971 by the Hoshi Library. First published in Japan in 1971 in Bokko-chan by Shinchōsha Publishing Company Ltd and reprinted in The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories). English translation of “Shoulder-Top Secretary” is copyright of Jay Rubin, 2018. Permission to record the translation is granted by Penguin Books Limited.

“Red Dirt Don’t Wash,” by Roger Mais, from Listen, the Wind (Longman Trade/Caroline House, 1986). Copyright © 1986 by Roger Mais.

“The Diamond Mine,” by Nadine Gordimer, from Loot and Other Stories (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2003). First published in The New Yorker (May 2, 1999). Copyright © 1999 by Nadine Gordimer.


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
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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