Get lost in the moment as some of the most talented actors from the stage, screen, and television bring short stories to life. This award-winning series presents a compelling work of short fiction each week, recorded live at New York’s Symphony Space. Classic authors and bold new writers are showcased equally, from Chekhov, Hemingway, and Updike to Alice Walker and Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahira. Produced by Symphony Space.

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Hope Davis introduces three fantasies in which things don’t go as planned. She reads Diane Cook’s “The Mast Year,” in which a lucky woman is besieged by the needy. “The Frog Prince” in Robert Coover’s story, read by Parker Posey, should have stayed in the pond, and a nasty teen keeps a “Mermaid...
David Sedaris introduces two stories about strong feelings. In Michael Cunningham’s powerful ”White Angel,” the bond between two brothers is severed by a tragedy. James Naughton reads. And SELECTED SHORTS late host Isaiah Sheffer has fun with Bernard Cooper’s tribute to exhalation, “The Fine Art...
An insomniac rants in Jenny Allen’s “Awake,” read by Jane Kaczmarek; in Ben Loory’s “The TV,” read by Liev Schreiber, a man finds his whole life in prime time; and a routine audit goes over the top in Bruce Jay Friedman’s “The Tax Man,” read by Sigourney Weaver. Robert Sean Leonard hosts.