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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Guest host Robert Sean Leonard presents two sweet tales of happily ever after.  In Maile Meloy’s “The Proxy Marriage,” the shy hero marries the love of his life over and over.  The reader is Patricia Kalember.  And Anne Meara performs “The Worm in the Apple,” John Cheever’s tale of a...
Guest host David Sedaris two stories about learning from your mistakes.  Isaiah Sheffer reads Tobias Wolff’s “Mortals,” in which a botched obit leads to a life lesson.  In Edwidge Danticat’s  “Reading Lessons,” read by Marsha Stephanie Blake, it is the teacher who is taught.
Guest host Lorin Stein, editor in chief of The Paris Review, introduces a story by the late English novelist and critic Angela Carter.  Carter was known for her work reinventing fairy tales and counted among her fans director Neil Jordan, who made "In the Company of Wolves" into a movie, as...