Selected Shorts is an event at New York’s Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, in which actors read classic and new short fiction before a live audience. The stage show began in 1985 and continues today at Symphony Space's Peter Sharp Theater.
The annual season of the live events at Symphony Space begins in the mid-fall and ends in mid-spring, and a typical episode includes three short-story readings. Symphony Space's Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer formerly hosted the live event, although many Selected Shorts also feature guest hosts, often well-known writers, who also choose the stories to be read that evening. Mr. Sheffer died on November 9, 2012 at age 76.
The readings are recorded live and become the basis of a one-hour radio program, presently hosted by Parker Posey, with a so-called "literary commentator," Hannah Tinti of One Story Magazine, and are produced in conjunction with WNYC. The programs are distributed by Public Radio International and air on PRI-affiliated public radio stations in the United States. The radio program airs weekly throughout the year.
The program's theme is David Peterson's "That's the Deal," performed by the Deardorf/Peterson group. Until 2011, the radio show began and ended with the piano and cello duet "Come to the Meadow" by Roger Kellaway.
- Official Website
- Selected Shorts Program Archive ay WNYC
- Public Radio International Official Website Selected Shorts Page