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Selected Shorts

literature in performance

*** Sold out ***
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2024
UAlbany Performing Arts Center Main Theatre
1400 Washington Ave., Albany NY 12222. 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.

Information and assistance can be obtained by contacting the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s main office at (518) 442-3995 or

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.

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From left, Joanna Gleason, Dylan Baker, Hettienne Park 



Joanna Gleason won a Tony for her portrayal of the Baker’s Wife in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into The Woods. Her other Broadway and off-Broadway credits include The Normal Heart; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, for which she received a Tony nomination; I Love My Wife; Happiness; Joe Egg, for which she received a Tony nomination; Sons of the Prophet; and The Real Thing; to name only a few.

Her television credits include The West Wing, The Newsroom, Love and War, Bette, and many more. Films include Hannah and Her Sisters, Boogie Nights, Crimes and Misdemeanors, The Skeleton Twins, and many more. She has written and directed two films: a short, Morning Into Night, which debuted at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and was selected for the Cambridge Film Festival; and a feature, The Grotto, which won the Best Narrative Feature premiere at the Heartland International Film Festival in 2022. She has been reading stories for Selected Shorts for 35 years.

Dylan Baker is an actor whose many film and television credits include The Resort, Inside Man, Hunters, Happiness, The Hot Zone: Anthrax, The Good Fight and The Good Wife, Homeland, Little Women, Spider-Man 2 & 3, Selma, Confirmation, Kings, Damages, and The Americans.

His extensive theater credits include La Bête for which he was nominated for a Tony Award, Corruption at Lincoln Center, The Audience with Helen Mirren, the Broadway revival of The Front Page, Bernhardt/Hamlet, and Medea at BAM. In addition to his acting credits, he directed the 2014 film 23 Blast. Baker is also an audiobook narrator and was honored with the Audie Award for his reading of Jonathan Franzen’s novel The Corrections and is the voice of Doctor Doom in Marvel’s Wastelanders: Doom. Baker can currently be seen in Dream Scenario and LaRoy, Texas.

Hettienne Park is best known for her role as Beverly Katz on Hannibal and Tamika Collins on Stephen King's The Outsider.  Additional screen credits include Don’t Look Up, Gossip Girl, The OA, Blacklist, High Maintenance, Bride Wars, Damages and more. Park appeared on Broadway in Seminar with Alan Rickman and off-Broadway in Tony Kushner's The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, earning her a Theatre World Award for her debuts both on and off Broadway. Park currently guest-stars as front-running presidential candidate, Felicity Walker, in HBO Max's The Girls On The Bus, inspired by the book Chasing Hillary by New York Times journalist Amy Chozick.

Presented in collaboration with the UAlbany Performing Arts Center with support from the University at Albany Foundation, and University Auxiliary Services.

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