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Selected Shorts

literature in performance

7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2023 - SOLD OUT
UAlbany Performing Arts Center Main Theatre
1400 Washington Ave., Albany NY 1222. See map

Advance tickets: $15 general public / $10 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff.

Day of show tickets: $20 general public / $15 students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff. 

All tickets must be purchased on-line from the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s web site at  Information and assistance can be obtained by contacting the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s main office at (518) 442-3995 or

For more information, contact the PAC Box Office: (518) 442-3997.


It's story time…for adults. Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on new life when they are performed by stars of stage, screen and television. Public Radio International's wildly popular series and podcast comes to town offering a unique evening of literature in performance. Stay tuned for updates on the featured stories and cast.

As previously announced, actor/comedian Jane Curtin will perform in the program. She will be joined by Teagle F. Bougere from Queen America and New Amsterdam’s Mike Doyle.  The trio will perform selections from books by Ann Tyler, Ray Bradbury, Meron Hadero and Robin Hemley. 

In a reading by Curtin and Doyle from Robin Hemley’s "The Last Customer," a couple dines out as the world comes to an end. An Ethiopian father, as performed by Bougere, wanders into Prospect Park and makes an unexpected encounter in "The Thief's Tale" by Meron Hadero.  Doyle makes a second appearance on stage with "The Toynbee Convector" by Ray Bradbury about a man who travels back in time to deliver ‘good news.’ Curtin will wrap up the evening with a story about a grandson who comes to know his grandparents as they travel cross-country in "The Feather Behind the Rock" by Anne Tyler. 

Teagle F. Bougere, Jane Curtin, Mike Doyle



Teagle F. Bougere recently portrayed James Baldwin in The American Vicarious production of "Debate: Baldwin vs. Buckley," in New York City and London. He co-starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones in the television series "Queen America." Bougere's Broadway credits include "The Crucible", "A Raisin in the Sun", and "The Tempest". He was featured in The Public Theater’s productions of "Socrates" and the much-acclaimed production of "Coriolanus" in Central Park. His most recent New York stage appearance was the world premiere of "The New Englanders" at Manhattan Theater Club.

Additional theater credits include "Is God Is" at SoHo Rep, "Beast in the Jungle", the title role in the stage adaptation of Ralph Ellison’s novel Invisible Man at The Court Theater in Chicago, The Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C., and The Huntington in Boston, "Julius Caesar" and "Cymbeline" for The Public Theater in Central Park, "A Soldier’s Play" at Second Stage, "A Fair Country" at Lincoln Center, "Last Dance for Sybil" with Ruby Dee at the New Federal Theatre, "An Iliad" (one man show) at the Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Joe Turner’s "Come and Gone" and "Blue Door" at Berkeley Rep. His film and television credits include "Hill ‘n’ Gully", "The Path", "The Mist", "Good Friday", "Conviction", "Cosby", "The Job", "Third Watch", "Murder in Black and White", "A Night at the Museum", "The Imposters", "The Pelican Brief", "Two Weeks Notice", and "What the Deaf Man Heard", "Bull", as well as seven episodes for the Law & Order franchise.

Jane Curtin has appeared on Broadway in "Noises Off", "Candida", and "Our Town." Her off-Broadway work includes "Love Letters" and the musical revue "Pretzels", which she co-wrote. She starred in the television series "3rd Rock from the Sun" and won back-to-back Emmy Awards for her role on "Kate & Allie". She is an original cast member of "Saturday Night Live" and also starred in the television film series "The Librarian" and its spin-off, "The Librarians".

Her film credits include "Coneheads"; "Antz"; "I Love You, Man"; "Don’t Know How She Does It"; "The Heat"; "The Spy Who Dumped Me"; "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"; "Ode to Joy"; "Godmothered"; and "Queen Bees". She starred on the television series "Unforgettable" and has had guest appearances on "The Good Wife", "48 Hours ’til Monday", "The Good Fight", "Broad City", and "United We Fall". Upcoming projects include the film "Jules", with Sir Ben Kingsley. 

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".


Presented in collaboration with the UAlbany Performing Arts Center with support from the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services, and Residence Inn by Marriott.

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