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Selected Shorts Goes to the Movies with Tribeca Festival



Hosted by Roxane Gay

Introduction by Davy Garner, Tribeca Festival

Thank You, M'am by Langston Hughes

Performed by Pauletta Pearson Washington

Denis the Pirate by Denis Johnson

Film by Sam Messer

Narration by Liev Schreiber

Music by Sarah Neufeld and Colin Stetson

Button, Button by Richard Matheson

Performed by Marin Ireland

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Performed by Michael Stuhlbarg

The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr

Performed by Andrea Martin

NOTE: Due to illness, Kyra Sedgwick is no longer able to appear at tonight's event.

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 and Filmmakers (in alphabetical order)



“Thank You M’am” is by Langston Hughes and is used by permission of the Estate of Langston Hughes and International Literary Properties.

“Denis the Pirate,” by Denis Johnson. First published in The Paris Review © 2003 by Denis Johnson. Adapted to film by Sam Messer © 2015. Broadcasted by permission of Denis Johnson Inc. and Aragi Inc. All rights reserved.

“Button, Button,” by Richard Matheson. © 1970 by HMH Publishing Co., Inc, and renewed 1998 by Richard Matheson. Used by permission of Don Congdon Associates, Inc., and RXR, Inc.

“Jabberwocky,” by Lewis Carroll. From The Complete Stories and Poems of Lewis Carroll (Gramercy Books, 1855). In the public domain.

“The Wisdom of Eve,” by Mary Orr, from Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films (Three Rivers Press, 2005). First appeared in Cosmopolitan (May 1946). Copyright © 1946 by Mary Orr.

About The Tribeca Festival

The Tribeca Festival brings artists and diverse audiences together to celebrate storytelling in all its forms, including film, TV, music, audio storytelling, games, and immersive. With strong roots in independent film, Tribeca is synonymous with creative expression and entertainment. Tribeca champions emerging and established voices, discovers award–winning talent, curates innovative experiences, and introduces new ideas through exclusive premieres, exhibitions, conversations, and live performances. The annual Tribeca Festival will celebrate its 22nd year from June 7–18, 2023 in New York City.


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
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
Mollie Gordon Program Assistant
Madeleine Hearn
Literary Intern
Gabriela Parra
Lambis Literary Intern

*in memoriam

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