Symphony Space's Wall to Wall Selected Shorts, an all-day event of readings, plays March 26 from 11 AM-11 PM ET. The free event is playing in person at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre in New York City and also streaming live.
Reading this year's pieces features Cynthia Nixon, Anika Noni Rose, BD Wong, Kelli O'Hara, Kathleen Chalfant, Tony Shalhoub, Edie Falco, Hugh Dancy, Liev Schreiber, Krystina Alabado, Joan Allen, Raffi Barsoumian, Purva Bedi, Becca Blackwell, Wyatt Cenac, Deborah S. Craig, David Cross, Jane Curtin, Crystal Dickinson, Mia Dillon, Brandon J. Dirden, Mike Doyle, Santino Fontana, Dion Graham, Zach Grenier, Julie Halston, Michael Hartney, Fred Hechinger, Holly Hunter, Zainab Jah, Jane Kaczmarek, Vanessa Kai, Patricia Kalember, Kennedy Kanagawa, Stephen Lang, Sonia Manzano, Arian Moayed, Javier Muñoz, James Naughton, Maulik Pancholy, Alysia Reiner, Dawn Akemi Saito, Michael Shannon, Miriam Shor, Emily Skeggs, Calvin Leon Smith, Sarah Steele, Amber Tamblyn, TL Thompson, Sam Underwood, and Rita Wolf.
Authors Rabih Alameddine, Jenny Allen, Aimee Bender, Marie-Helene Bertino, Jai Chakrabarti, Patrick Cottrell, Elizabeth Crane, Michael Cunningham, Patrick Dacey, Edwidge Danticat, Dave Eggers, Omar El Akkad, Lauren Groff, Jacob Guajardo, A.M. Homes, Mira Jacob, Jac Jemc, Etgar Keret, Lisa Ko, Victor LaValle, J. Robert Lennon, Ben Loory, Carmen Maria Machado, Juan Martinez, Maile Meloy, Joe Meno, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Susan Perabo, Helen Phillips, Namwali Serpell, Rivers Solomon, Elizabeth Strout, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jess Walter, and Weike Wang have all contributed works. Simon Rich also contributed a story specifically for Wall to Wall Selected Shorts.
As part of the multidisciplinary event, cartoonist Roz Chast, illustrator Michael Arthur, filmmaker Adam Douglas Thompson, choreographers Larry Keigwin, Heidi Latsky, and Leonardo Sandoval, musicians Lakecia Benjamin, Laura Gibson, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, DJ Raydar Ellis, and more have created works inspired by the stories.
Symphony Space began the Selected Shorts series in 1985 as part of its literature-in-performance mission. The series has developed over the decades across radio, podcasts, and national tours.