Selected Shorts - ACADEMY OF MUSIC




AOM Season Series Presents

Selected Shorts

Saturday, October 22 at 7:30 pm

Sponsored by Northampton Cooperative Bank.

Selected Shorts
Northampton Academy of Music
Saturday, October 22 @ 7:30 PM

Hosted by Sonia Manzano

A Love Letter by Greg Ames
Performed by Becca Blackwell

Robinson Crusoe at the Waterpark by Elizabeth McCracken
Performed by Mike Doyle

The Tallest Doll in New York City by Maria Dahvana Headley
Performed by Becca Blackwell

Sugar Babies by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Performed by Sonia Manzano

THE ARTISTS (in alphabetical order)

Greg Ames is the author of Buffalo Lockjaw, a novel that won a NAIBA Book of the Year Award, and Funeral Platter, a collection of twenty short stories, including several that have been featured on Selected Shorts. His work has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, Southern Review, McSweeney’s, The Sun, Catapult, and North American Review, among many others. He teaches in the English department at Colgate University.

Becca Blackwell has collaborated with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Erin Markey, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf, Lisa D’Amour, and more. Film and television credits include High Maintenance, Ramy, Marriage Story, Shameless, Deadman’s Barstool, Jack in the Box, If Found, and Sort Of. Their solo shows, They, Themself and Schmerm and Schmermie’s Choice, have toured across the US. Blackwell is the creator and star of the short film As Schmerm as It Gets, and was a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award, the Franklin Furnace Award, and the Creative Capital Award. They recently made their Broadway debut in Is This a Room and can be seen in the most recent films She’s Clean, You Can’t Stay Here, BROS, and the HBO Max series Sort Of.

Mike Doyle has appeared on screen in New Amsterdam, City on a Hill, The Romanoffs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Accidental Wolf, Narcos: Mexico, Jersey Boys, The Invitation, and Green Lantern, among others. His stage credits include The New Century at Lincoln Center and Betrayed with the Culture Project. Doyle wrote and directed the feature film Almost Love starring Kate Walsh, Patricia Clarkson, and Scott Evans. He is currently working on his next film, Passing Through.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the author of the national bestselling novel Woman of Light and the story collection Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of an American Book Award. She is the 2021 recipient of the Addison M. Metcalf Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and she has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s Bazaar, ELLE, O: the Oprah Magazine, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she is the 2022-2024 Endowed Chair in Creative Writing at Texas State University.

Maria Dahvana Headley is the New York Times bestselling and Hugo Award-winning author of eight books, most recently Beowulf: A New Translation, and the novel The Mere Wife, both from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Her short stories have won a World Fantasy Award and been shortlisted for the Shirley Jackson and Nebula Awards, among others. She was raised with a wolf and a pack of sled dogs in the high desert of rural Idaho.

Sonia Manzano is a groundbreaking educator, executive television producer, and award-winning children’s book author. A first-generation mainland Puerto Rican, she created the part of Maria on Sesame Street, for which she received an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award. Manzano has also received 15 Emmys for writing, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Award, the Hispanic Heritage Award for Education, and a Poderosa—most powerful woman awardfrom People en Espanol. Her critically acclaimed children’s books include A World Together, No Dogs Allowed!, A Box Full of Kittens, Miracle on 133rd Street, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, and the memoir Becoming Maria. She created an animated series for PBS entitled Alma’s Way. Manzano’s forthcoming novel, Coming Up Cuban, was released in August.

Elizabeth McCracken is the author of the short story collections The Souvenir Museum, Here’s Your Hat What’s Your Hurry, and Thunderstruck, winner of the Story Prize, and the novels The Giant’s House, a National Book Award finalist; Niagara Falls All Over Again, winner of the PEN New England Award; An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination; and Bowlaway. She has received grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. McCracken currently holds the James A. Michener Chair in Fiction at the University of Texas, Austin. Her novel, The Hero of this Book, was published on October 4.

 “A Love Letter” by Greg Ames, from Funeral Platter (Arcade, 2017). Copyright © 2017 by Greg Ames. Used by permission of the author.
“Robinson Crusoe at the Waterpark” by Elizabeth McCracken, from The Souvenir Museum (Ecco, 2021). Copyright © 2021 by Elizabeth McCracken. Used by permission of Dunow, Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency.
“The Tallest Doll in New York City” by Maria Dahvana Headley, from (April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by Maria Dahvana Headley. Used by permission of the author.
“Sugar Babies” by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, from Sabrina & Corina (One World, 2019). Copyright © 2019 by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. Used by permission of Watkins/Loomis Agency, Inc.

Symphony Space Staff
Executive Director: Kathy Landau
Founding Artistic Director: Isaiah Sheffer*
Managing Director: Peggy Wreen
Director of Literary Programs: Jennifer Brennan
Lead Producer of Literary Programs: Drew Richardson
Producer of Literary Programs: Vivienne Woodward
Consultant for Literary Programs: Matthew Love
Literary Assistants: Mollie Gordon and Magdalene Wrobleski
*In memoriam

Selected Shorts is supported by the Dungannon Foundation, creator of The Rea Award for the Short Story. Support is also provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, the Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, the Henry Nias Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Michael Tuch Foundation, the Vidda Foundation, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, and The Grodzins Fund. Selected Shorts is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature. Symphony Space thanks our generous supporters, including our Board of Directors, Producers Circle, and members, who make our programs possible with their annual support.

Selected Shorts made a book! In celebration of our 35th anniversary, we commissioned 35 brand-new short stories. Purchase Small Odysseys: Selected Shorts Presents 35 New Stories at your favorite indie bookstore.

Exclusive management for Selected Shorts:
Alliance Artist Management 5030 Broadway, Suite 812, New York NY 10034

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Show Date/Time:
Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Doors at 7:00 pm

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