George Saunders has been teaching the nineteenth-century Russian short story for 20 years, and his newest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, is a master class on some of his favorites. On Wednesday, February 3rd at 7:30pm, he brings his passion to Selected Shorts with a lineup of stories curated from his long history with the greats of Russian literature, including hidden gems not included in the book. With performances by Becca Blackwell (They, Themself and Schmerm), Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Peter Jay Fernandez (Luke Cage), Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Zach Grenier (The Good Fight), Ann Harada (Smash), Richard Masur (Younger), Peter Mark Kendall (Strange Angel), and BD Wong (Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens).
Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy.
The Porcelain Doll by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Aylmer Maude
Performed by BD Wong
With a reading from the original Russian text by Luba Lapina
In the Basement by Isaac Babel
Translated by Walter Morison
Performed by Richard Masur
After the Theatre by Anton Chekhov
Translated by Constance Garnett
Performed by Donna Lynne Champlin
With a reading from the original Russian text by Anna Dzhanaeva
Bobok by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Translated by Constance Garnett
Performed by Becca Blackwell, Peter Jay Fernandez, Santino Fontana, Zach Grenier, Ann Harada, and Peter Mark Kendall
Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets.
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|This is a virtual event. Ticket holders can watch the event on the Watch Here section of the Symphony Space website. You can tune in at the premiere or view at your leisure for two weeks afterwards. This event premieres on February 3 at 730pm EST, and is available until February 17.|
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