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Selected Shorts 2018-2019 Season


Selected Shorts subscribers enjoy the best actors, the best stories and the best value. In addition, you receive exclusive subscriber benefits.

Choose from a variety of packages and enjoy:

  • Best seats
  • Best prices – subscribers save up to 18% off single tickets
  • Free flexible ticket exchanges for all packages
  • Tickets to Opening Night party October 9th*
  • Enjoy a complimentary drink at our Member Bars*
  • Bring a friend for FREE to a season show of choice if you sign up by September 29th*
    * Opening Night party tickets good for 6 shows and more and only if you select Oct 9 performance as part of your package. Complimentary drink at Member Bar good for 6 shows or more. Bring a friend for free good on 12 show package only

You can create your series by giving our box office a call at (212) 864-5400, Tue–Sun between 1pm and 6pm or email: [email protected]

The Best American Short Stories 2018 with Roxane Gay

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

The best-selling author and pop culture powerhouse brings her “signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth” (Harper’s Bazaar) to an evening of stories curated from her selections from the most anticipated short story collection of the year, published by Houghton Mifflin.


An Evening with John Darnielle

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Author, musician, and National Book Award nominee John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats, Wolf in White Van) returns to explore the connective tissues between songwriting and storytelling. Join us for an invigorating, eclectic, and truly one-of-a-kind experience.

George Saunders and Zadie Smith

Thursday, November 08, 2018

These two friends and wildly inventive authors co-host an evening of their favorite short fiction from each others’ collections.

Riverhead Books 25th Anniversary Short Story Showcase

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Throughout its history, Riverhead Books has consistently published cutting-edge literary works from bold, remarkable authors. We celebrate Riverhead’s 25th anniversary with award-winning authors Daniel Alarcón, Lesley Nneka Arimah, James McBride, and Lauren Groff.


Dance In America (with Library of America)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

From ballet and Balanchine to tap and hip-hop, we celebrate two centuries of rich and eloquent writing about the beauty and magic of American dance, as well as short fiction inspired by the collection.


James Thurber’s World with Special Guest Roz Chast

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

2019 has been declared “The Year of Thurber” in honor of the great humorist’s 125th birthday. Special guests, including Roz Chast, introduce an evening of stories and art from the vast collection of this masterful storyteller.


A Surprising Night of Shorts

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

You never know what might happen at a Surprising Night of Shorts. Some of our previous surprising nights have included evenings with Alice Munro, Chuck Palahniuk, and John Irving, and the art of imbibing inspired by Everyman’s Shaken & Stirred collection.


LeVar Burton and Friends

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Storyteller extraordinaire and host of the hit podcast LeVar Burton Reads will curate an evening of his favorite short stories—from the tragically hilarious to the magically mysterious. Burton takes the stage as host and reader for a memorable night of fiction.


Motherhood with Celeste Ng and Mary Karr

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Whether you are a mother, hope to become one, eschew the decision, or feel fraught, we all have opinions on motherhood. Join award-winning authors Celeste Ng (Little Fires Everywhere) and Mary Karr (The Liars’ Club) for an evening of stories celebrating and exploring one of our most complex relationships.


Stonewall at 50

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the riot at Stonewall Inn that spawned the Gay Pride movement, an act of civil and social engagement that has evolved to embrace a wide range of sexuality, gender, and identity issues. This evening will feature works that reflect the importance of the movement, and also some of its most famous, outspoken, poetic, and fabulous.