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Selected Shorts: Readers and Writers

Saturday, May 4, 2019
7:30 p.m. UAlbany Performing Arts Center, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany. See map for free parking.

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From left, Jane Kaczmarek, Anthony Rapp, and Alysia Reiner

Public Radio International’s wildly popular Selected Shorts series and podcast comes to town offering a unique evening of literature in performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, in the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany.

The event has a "Readers and Writers" theme with a suite of stories celebrating writers and their readers.

The stories will be read by guest host Jane Kaczmarek, a "Selected Shorts" performer for the past 16 years best known for her television role on "Malcolm in the Middle"; Anthony Rapp, who starred in the original Broadway production of "Rent" and is currently seen in "Star Trek: Discovery" on CBS; and Alysia Reiner, who stars in the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black."

"Selected Shorts" is produced by Symphony Space in New York City and broadcast on more than 150 stations to about 300,000 listeners around the country. The "Selected Shorts" podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, with more than 100,000 downloads each week.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff. Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.

For reservations and more information, contact the PAC Box Office: (518) 442-3997 or visit

The box office is open from 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays for advance ticket sales. They will open at noon on Saturday for sales at the day of show prices.

The "Selected Shorts" event is sponsored by the NYS Writers Institute and the UAlbany Performing Arts Center and made possible with support from by the University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services, and Residence Inn by Marriott.

For additional information, call the UAlbany Performing Art Center box office at 518-442-3997.