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Selected Shorts: The Stories We Tell Ourselves With Brooke Gladstone



Hosted by Brooke Gladstone

My Podiatrist Tells Me a Story About a Boy and a Dog by Mary Gordon

Performed by Richard Masur and Bebe Neuwirth

A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times by Meron Hadero

Performed by Chinasa Ogbuagu

Love, Your Only Mother by David Michael Kaplan

Performed by Bebe Neuwirth

Things I Know to Be True by Kendra Fortmeyer

Performed by Calvin Leon 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

The Performers (in alphabetical order)

The Authors (in alphabetical order)



“My Podiatrist Tells Me a Story About a Boy and a Dog,” by Mary Gordon. Used by permission of the author.

“Love, Your Only Mother,” by David Michael Kaplan, from Comfort (Viking, 1987). Copyright © 1987 by David Michael Kaplan. Used by permission of the author.

“A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times,” by Meron Hadero, from the short story collection A Down Home Meal for These Difficult Times. Used by permission of the author.

“Things I Know to Be True,” by Kendra Fortmeyer, from One Story (Issue 209, August 13, 2015). Copyright (c) 2015 by Kendra Fortmeyer. 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
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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