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Opening Night of the 30th Anniversary Season

Happy Birthday, Selected Shorts! Kick off our 30th season with stories about parties and celebrations performed by acclaimed actors.

Join us for a glittery Opening Night Benefit Performance.  Benefit tickets, which include the show and the Opening Night Party are $250 ($150 is tax-deductible).  Premier tickets, including premium seating, the Opening Night Party, and listing in the program as part of the Shorts Anniversary Committee are available for $500 ($400 is tax-deductible).  For more information about sponsorships, which include 10 tickets and a VIP table at the Opening Night Party, please call Mac Ingram at 212.864.1414 x229.

Current Subscribers: We're holding the best seats in the house for you! Just order your Opening Night Benefit tickets with your subscription, and we'll make sure you're taken care of. (And don't forget that your past seating choice is guaranteed with a 13 or 9 show subscription.) Call the Box Office at (212) 864-5400 with any questions.

A limited number of show-only tickets will be on sale to the public at a later date, at our regular Selected Shorts prices: $29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15.


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Wednesday, October 15 at 7 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$250 Benefit Ticket; $500 Premier Ticket

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Women in Clothes

Sheila Heti (How Should A Person Be?), Heidi Julavits (The Believer), and writer/artist Leanne Shapton introduce readings of stories that explore how women present themselves and what style means in celebration of their new anthology of conversations, surveys, and drawings collected from 637 women - artists, actors, musicians, authors, and perfect strangers - from around the world.

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Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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The Best American Short Stories 2014

Actors read selections from the most exciting short fiction collection of the year, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. With special guests and Shorts favorites Jennifer Egan (A Visit from the Goon Squad) and T.C. Boyle (The Women).

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Wednesday, November 19 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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Teju Cole & Salman Rushdie

Two brilliant minds co-host an evening of their work. PEN/Hemingway Award-winning Teju Cole (Open City, Every Day Is for the Thief) and Salman Rushdie (Midnight's Children, Joseph Anton) present tales of exile, heartbreak, and home.

"Teju Cole is among the most gifted writers of his generation."-Salman Rushdie.

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Wednesday, December 10 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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Art and Artists

Stories about art and those who make it, with selections from a new international anthology. Stories of Art and Artists gathers two centuries of haunting fables, passionate portraits and inspiring fictions.

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Wednesday, January 21 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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Letters of Note

Readings from a new book drawn from the popular blog "Letters of Note": a repository of fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos that tell compelling stories from an array of historical time periods and walks of life. The night will feature letters from such literary figures as Eudora Welty, Kurt Vonnegut and Raymond Chandler and pop culture icons including Mick Jagger, Jack the Ripper and Queen Elizabeth.

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Wednesday, February 4 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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Martin Amis & Jeffrey Eugenides

British (now Brooklynite!) novelist Martin Amis, author of Money and London Fields, and Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot, present readings of their short fiction and talk about their work.

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Wednesday, February 25 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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Welcome to Night Vale

The creators of the sensationally popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, take us behind the scenes of their spooky, fictional desert town and host an evening of the work that inspired them.

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Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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April Foolery!

Superb actors read a hilarious assortment of comic fiction, from light farce to biting satire.

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Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
$29; Member $26; 30 and Under (with I.D.) $15

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The Stories of Flannery O'Connor

The master of the comical Southern gothic penned some of the most significant - and unsettling - works of racial and familial misunderstanding of the 20th century. Here we present some of her best: tales of mystery and evil, Catholic guilt, human misfits, and divining grace.

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Wednesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
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