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