On the Road

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This program features two stories about families, and road trips that lead to personal discoveries.

Rebecca Curtis’s “Twenty Grand,” shows a marriage in crisis through the eyes of a clever child.  Curtis’s work has been featured in The New Yorker’s Debut Fiction issue, and was also selected for inclusion in the O. Henry Prize Stories anthology.  She teaches writing at Columbia University.  The reader is SHORTS regular Jane Curtin, award-winning star of “Kate and Allie” and Third Rock from the Sun.”

 Each year at Symphony Space we conduct the Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Award, granting a prize and inclusion in this series to the winning story.  The 2008 winner, from among hundreds of entries received by our committee of judges, was written by Anne de Marcken, a writer and filmmaker.  Her brief story, entitled “Best Western,” chronicles a bittersweet road trip by a mother and daughter, and was read by Laura Esterman.

 “Twenty Grand” by Rebecca Curtis, read by Jane Curtin

“Best Western” by Anne de Marcken, read by Laura Esterman

 The musical interlude is “Money,” by Pink Floyd, from the album “Dark Side of the Moon.  The SELECTED SHORTS theme is Roger Kellaway’s “Come to the Meadow.”


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