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19th Season of Selected Shorts Live
"A Celebration of the Short Story"

Think David Sedaris, Zadie Smith, and Dave Eggers draw crowds for literary readings? Wait until Sex and the City star actress Sarah Jessica Parker is in the house. On Wednesday, January 15, 2003, Parker is set to open the 19th season of Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, the ever-popular reading series of New York City's Symphony Space wherein prominent stage and screen actors give voice to classic and contemporary short stories.

Opening night, which originally slated Christine Baranski in early press releases, now features Parker, along with actor Harris Yulin and others reading stories by Al Hirschfeld, Sam Shepard, and D.H. Lawrence. The series continues through June, including 13 programs with some 36 stories to be read live before an audience. Other celeb readers include Leonard Nimoy, Victoria Tennant, Peter Gallagher, David Rakoff, and Hope Davis.

Literally, there is something for everyone on this program. There are theme-oriented evenings, such as "Stories of Americans in Paris" on February 26 with stories by Ernest Hemingway, Henry James, and Adam Gopnik, as well as anthology tie-ins with Sue Miller introducing selections from The Best American Short Stories 2002 on June 4 and Marita Golden & E. Lynn Harris presenting stories on May 7 from GUMBO: An Anthology of African American Writing. Mavis Gallant, winner of the 2002 Rea Award for the Short Story for overall contribution to the form can be heard on the line-up, or newcomers discovered when The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses presents New Voices on March 26 with stories by Ana Maria Shua, Kevin Brockmeier (2002 First Prize O. Henry winner) and Elizabeth McKenzie.

Selected Shorts is directed by Isaiah Sheffer, who is also the "voice" and host of the series' counterpart on the airwaves. Each season's literary performances are recorded live and produced for radio by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio for broadcast at a later date on over 150 National Public Radio stations. In addition, there is also an audiocassette venture which makes available for purchase highlighted readings from previous seasons of the program.

Symphony Space, founded in 1978, is a New York cultural institution that provides music, dance, literature, theater, and film programming. Selected Shorts will be held at the 760-seat main stage, part of facilities that were revamped last year with design by architect James Stewart Polshek.

Selected Shorts is made possible, in part, by the Arthur Foundation; the Axe-Houghton Foundation; the Jerome Foundation; the Henry Nias Foundation courtesy of Mr. Brian D. Rosenberg; the Rea Award for the Short Story; the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund in the New York Community Trust; and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency.

Listings Information:
Selected Shorts
PETER NORTON SYMPHONYSPACE
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
www.symphonyspace.org
Tickets: $21 (Members $19. $20 Students/Seniors)
Box Office: Tues - Sun, Noon - 7pm
Phone: 212.864.5400, Tues - Sun, 11am - 7pm
Buy Tickets Online

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SELECTED SHORTS 2003 PROGRAM
at a glance

in alphabetical order, according to author
H.E. Bates "There's No Future in It" (4/23/03)
Maeve Binchy "The Wrong Suitcase" (1/29/03)
Paul Bowles "By the Water" (3/12/03)
Kevin Brockmeier "The Ceiling" (3/26/03)
Ron Carlson "Disclaimer" (6/18/03)
Angela Carter "Peter and the Wolf" (3/12/03)
Michael Chabon "Along the Frontage Road" (6/4/03)
Edwidge Danticat "Seven" (6/4/03)
Carlos Fuentes "Chac-Mool" (5/21/03)
Mavis Gallant "Mlle. Dias de Corta" (4/9/03)
Adam Gopnik "Angels Dining at the Ritz" (2/26/03)
David Haynes "Your Child Can Be a Model!" (5/7/03)
Ernest Hemingway "There is Never Any End to Paris" (2/26/03)
Patricia Highsmith "Where the Door is Always Open and the Welcome Mat is Out" (4/9/03)
Al Hirschfeld "Show Business is No Business" (1/15/03)
Ravi Howard "Like Trees, Walking" (5/7/03)
Henry James "Occasional Paris" (2/26/03)
Etgar Keret "Good Intentions" (4/9/03)
D.H. Lawrence "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" (1/15/03)
Andrea Lee "Anthropology" (6/18/03)
James McBride "Mr. Woo" (1/29/03)
Ian McEwan "The Dolls" (4/23/03)
Elizabeth McKenzie "Stop That Girl" (3/26/03)
Leonard Michaels "Nachman from Los Angeles" (6/4/03)
R.K. Narayan "Seventh House"(3/12/03)
Jewell Parker Rhodes "Meeting Frederick" (5/7/03)
Lewis Robinson "The Diver" (5/21/03)
Karen Shepard "Popular Girls" (5/21/03)
Sam Shepard "Great Dream of Heaven" (1/15/03)
Ana Maria Shua "A Profession Like Any Other" (3/26/03)
Elizabeth Spencer "A Christian Education" (2/12/03)
Touré's "Solomon's Big Day: A Children's Story"(2/12/03)
Luis Alberto Urrea "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses" (6/18/03)
Kurt Vonnegut "D.P." (1/29/03)
Tobias Wolff "Mortals" (4/23/03)
Tobias Wolff "Nightingale" (2/12/03)
FOR MORE INFORMATION

Selected Shorts Live

Selected Shorts Radio

Selected Shorts Audiocassettes

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