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Selected Shorts

On Tour


The public radio series that presents extraordinary performances of classic and new short stories wants to come to you.

Selected Shorts features classic short fiction by masters such as James Baldwin, Anton Chekhov, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Langston Hughes, Shirley Jackson, Clarice Lispector, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Grace Paley, and Dorothy Parker, contemporary greats like Isabel Allende, T.C. Boyle, Michael Cunningham, Edwidge Danticat, Louise Erdrich, Amy Hempel, Etgar Keret, James McBride, Lorrie Moore, Haruki Murakami, Julie Otsuka, Zadie Smith, and Joy Williams, and the bold, experimental voices of Daniel Alarcón, Aimee Bender, Jamel Brinkley, Ivan E. Coyote, Elizabeth Crane, Neil Gaiman, Roxane Gay, Simon Rich, Karen Russell, Nafissa Thompson-Spires, and Charles Yu.

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Recent Performers with Selected Shorts On Tour include Jayne Atkinson, Becca Blackwell, Kate Burton, Michael Cerveris, Kathleen Chalfant, Nate Corddry, Valorie Curry, Jane Curtin, Blythe Danner, Hope Davis, Mia Dillon, Brandon J. Dirden, Tate Donovan, Keir Dullea, Jill Eikenberry, Joanna Gleason, Michel Gill, Zach Grenier, Tony Hale, Melora Hardin, John Benjamin Hickey, André Holland, Michael Imperioli, Gildart Jackson, Peter Francis James, Jane Kaczmarek, Patricia Kalember, Atandwa Kani, Alex Karpovsky, Justin Kirk, Robert Sean Leonard, Joshua Malina, Sonia Manzano, Richard Masur, Michael McKean, James Naughton, Catherine O'Hara, Denis O'Hare, Maulik Pancholy, Christina Pickles, Michael Potts, Josh Radnor, Anthony Rapp, Lance Reddick, Alysia Reiner, Anika Noni Rose, Chris Sarandon, Kaneza Schaal, Emily Skeggs, Jim True-Frost, Michael Tucker, Michael Urie, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kirsten Vangsness, and Rita Wolf.

Selected Shorts on Tour is perfect for theaters, libraries, college campuses, and conferences. The Selected Shorts name reaches audiences nationwide through our radio broadcast and podcast, establishing fans and cultivating an appreciation for literature in performance. Over the past 30+ years, Selected Shorts has toured all over the country, visiting hundreds of venues, including The Getty Museum, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Westport Playhouse, and many more.

Programs can be selected from a broad collection of popular themes. Check out a sampling of Selected Shorts themes.


The Literary department at Symphony Space will work with your Creative Writing or English department to curate a Selected Shorts with student and/or faculty fiction performed alongside contemporary and classic authors by a first-rate cast.

Interested in booking Selected Shorts?

Rob Robbins
[email protected]

579 West 215th Street #2B
New York NY 10034