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Hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser

Joyas Voladoras by Brian Doyle

Performed by Becca Blackwell

The Lunatics’ Eclipse by Randa Jarrar

Performed by Abubakr Ali

Roy Spivey by Miranda July

Performed by Molly Bernard

Jumper Down by Don Shea

Performed by Becca Blackwell

My Life as a Bat by Margaret Atwood

Performed by Zach Grenier

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 Artists (in alphabetical order)

The AUTHORS (in alphabetical order)


About Radiolab

Radiolab is on a curiosity bender. We ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers. A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world. The show is known for innovative sound design, smashing information into music. It is hosted by Lulu Miller and Latif Nasser.

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“Joyas Voladoras,” by Brian Doyle. Permission for this reading is from The American Scholar, Volume 73, No. 4, Autumn 2004. Copyright © 2004 by Brian Doyle.

“The Lunatics’ Eclipse,” by Randa Jarrar, from Him, Me, Muhammad Ali (Sarabande Books, 2016). First appeared in Ploughshares (Fall 2004). Copyright © 2004 by Randa Jarrar. Used by permission of the author.

“Jumper Down,” by Don Shea, from Flash Fiction Forward: 80 Very Short Stories (W. W. Norton & Company, 2006). Copyright © 2006 by Don Shea.

“Roy Spivey,” by Miranda July, from The New Yorker (June 4, 2007). Copyright © 2007 by Miranda July. Used by permission of The Wylie Agency, LLC.

“My Life as a Bat,” by Margaret Atwood, from Good Bones (Coach House Press, 1992). Copyright © 1992 by Margaret Atwood.


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 (1978-1988)
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
Sophia Raimondi Literary Intern
Lulu Chatterjee Literary Intern

*in memoriam

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