Selected Shorts

Symphony Space

Arts, Performing Arts

Chart Positions

Arts 47
Performing Arts 20

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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Entering the Twilight Zone

October 27th, 2016

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents a tribute to the classic TV series, “The Twilight Zone,” including two stories that were featured on the show: Price Day’s “Four O’Clock,” read by Zachary Quinto, in which a man with awesome powers knows just how to improve the world. And “Perchance to Dream,” by Charles Beaumont, in which the lines...

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"My one and only female was an acrobat on the mattress, and the truth is, I miss her still." So begins our featured story. Read by RISK! podcast host,Kevin Allison, this story takes us on a wild romp when Wonder Woman lands in the yard of a gay man. It's a story full of humor, sex, and sweetness,. WriterWilliam Giraldiis author of the novelsBusy...

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Parents and Children

October 13th, 2016

Guest host Kate Burton presents two stories about parents and children. A mother and daughter remember the past differently in Tessa Hadley's "Matrilineal," performed by Patricia Kalember. And a surprising offer divides two families in "In the Country," by Guy de Maupassant, performed by Thomas Gibson.

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Between Meals

October 6th, 2016

Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents three stories about food, family, and friendship. Secrets are revealed at a Christmas party in Ann Beattie’s “Where You’ll Find Me,” read by Jane Kaczmarek; the narrator of Haruki Murakami’s “The Year of Spaghetti” is using pasta to keep the world away. Michael Imperioli reads. In Marina Keegan’s “Reading...