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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
Becca Blackwell
Justin Kirk
Kate Burton
Robert Sean Leonard
Michael Cerveris
Joshua Malina
Kathleen Chalfant
Sonia Manzano
Nate Corddry
Richard Masur
Valorie Curry
Michael McKean
Jane CurtinJames 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
Gildart Jackson
Michael Urie
Peter Francis JamesJenna Ushkowitz
Jane KaczmarekKirsten Vangsness
Patricia Kalember Rita Wolf
Atandwa Kani

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