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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Life is fleeting in these three works presented by guest host Michael Cerveris.   Andy Warhol complains about fifteen seconds of fame in excerpts from his diaries read by Denis O’Hare.  A novelist borrows someone else’s tragedy in “The Young Painters,” read by Heather Burns.  And a...
From Julia Slavin's collection, The Woman Who Cut Off Her Leg at the Maidstone Club, a dark and funny story about not being able to leave your childhood behind.  As you'll hear, reader Alec Baldwin finds the humor, absurdity and, ultimately, the humanity through his reading.  Later in...
Guest host Kate Burton presents three works in which women are subjects, objects, or catalysts.  The Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood has excellent street cred as a feminist, with books like The Edible Woman and The Handmaid’s Tale.   So she’s allowed to poke a little fun at political...