Guest host Stephen Colbert mixes it up with anarchists and oddballs.
“I have missed my turnings on strange mountain roads in the early hours of the morning because I was too carried away by listening to someone…reading Poe stories.”
The new season of SELECTED SHORTS continues with a program bringing a touch of magic in two stories from contemporary authors.
A program devoted to “growing up fast.” In our first story, Tobias Wolff’s “Smorgasbord,” two prep-school boys lose their innocence in more way than one when the stepmother of a classmate take them out to dinner. The prep school is familiar turf for Wolff, who lied his way into his own school, a move that may have prepared him for his future career as a fiction writer.
“The Dead,” Part 2 by James Joyce is performed by Rene Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan and Isaiah Sheffer.
James Joyce’s classic story, “The Dead”, takes place at a New Year’s dinner-dance in Dublin in 1904. It is filled with colorful personalities, and is a glimpse of a bygone era.
The hostesses of the annual dinner are the Misses Kate and Julia Morkan, frail elderly aunts of the story’s central characters, Gabriel Conroy and his wife Gretta, the crisis in whose marriage provides the dramatic through-line of this deeply emotional story.
We might call this program, “Contes Choisis,” the French for “Selected Shorts,” since it presents selections from a PASSPORT TO PARIS evening at Symphony Space, our series’ theatrical home, and one surreal classic from an earlier show hosted by former Metropolitan Museum director Philippe de Montebello.
Neighbors and other strangers in four diverse tales.
This program features four brief tales by absolute masters of the form—Edgar Allan Poe, Guy de Maupassant, Saki and Thomas Wolfe—in which something unexpected occurs.
A summer vacation, a romantic tryst, and a key business trip don’t turn out the way the characters in these two stories expected.