Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts / Panoply

Arts, Performing Arts

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Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life when they are performed by stars of the stage and screen.


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Episode 11 Roxane Gay "How"

January 9th, 2017

From award-winning American feminist writer, Roxane Gay, we feature a powerful story about feeling trapped and wanting to run away. "How" is from Gay's new story collection Difficult Women which explores women's lives and issues of race, class and sex. Yes, it's a dark story, but hopeful, too. Reader Amber Tamblyn, a friend of Gay's, is known...

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New Beginnings

January 5th, 2017

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories about new beginnings and missed connections. Philip K. Dick’s classic sci-fi story “Beyond Lies the Wub” asks what it is to be human. The reader is Denis O’Hare. And a Russian émigré eagerly awaits the New York City of his dreams in Lara Vapnyar’s “Waiting for the Miracle,” read by David Costabile.

The well known comedic writer, Casper Kelly, brings a hilarious story that starts with a simple premise that quickly goes off the rails. Kelly is well known to Adult Swim fans as the writer and director of the viral video hit, "Too Many Cooks," as well as the shows Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell, and Stroker and Hoop. "Frequently Asked...

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents four holiday tales--two merry, and two a little melancholy. First, David Rakoff's account of playing the father of psychoanalysis in a department store window. His "Christmas Freud" is read by Jon Glaser. Next, a middle-aged woman awaits a new love, in Edna O'Brien's "Violets," read by Fionnula Flanagan. A...