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Selected Shorts



Hosted by Denis O’Hare

Beauty and the Beast by Simon Rich

Performed by Arian Moayed

Exposure by Percival Everett

Performed by by Denis O’Hare

Make Yourself Into a House by Grace Shuyi Liew

Winner of the 2022 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize

Performed Emma Kikue

How to Take Dad to the Doctor by Jenny Allen

Performed by Jennifer Mudge

What Feels Like the World by Richard Bausch

Performed by James Naughton

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

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“Beauty and the Beast” by Simon Rich, from New Teeth: Stories (Little, Brown and Company, July 2021). Copyright © 2021 Simon Rich. Used by permission of Levine, Greenberg, Rostan Literary Agency.

“Exposure” by Percival Everett, from Half an Inch of Water: Stories (Graywolf, September 2015). Copyright © 2015 by Percival Everett. Used by permission of Graywolf Press,

“Make Yourself Into a House” by Grace Shuyi Liew. Winner of the 2022 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize. Copyright © 2022 by Grace Shuyi Liew. Used by permission of the author. Special thanks to guest judge Min Jin Lee.

“How to Take Dad to the Doctor” by Jenny Allen, from Would Everybody Please Stop? (Sarah Crichton Books, June 2017). Copyright © 2017 by Jenny Allen. Used by permission of A3 Artists Agency.

“What Feels Like the World” by Richard Bausch. Copyright © by Richard Bausch. Used by permission of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.

Selected Shorts Funding Credits

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

Support is also provided by the NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Lemberg Foundation, and The Grodzins Fund.

Selected Shorts is also made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, and 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.

Support for CART Captioning is provided in part by TDF TAP Plus with support from NYSCA.

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.


It’s a truly extraordinary moment to be here for the 21/22 Symphony Space season! We are so grateful to the independent venue operators who banded together to initiate the Save Our Stages campaign, which became the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant. Through the leadership of Senator Chuck Schumer, and with bipartisan support from many Senators and Representatives, the creative community was bolstered by this special funding. All of us at Symphony Space extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every individual who recognized the unmistakable power and importance of the arts in this most critical moment.

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
Antonio Brown
Mollie Gordon

*in memoriam

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