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Selected Shorts: Uncharted Territories

Sat. Apr. 22, 2023 at 8pm

"One of the finest evenings at the theater."David Sedaris

The hit public radio and podcast series returns to the Barclay with a program of dazzling short fiction performed live by stars of stage and screen.

It's story time...for adults. Spellbinding short stories by established and emerging writers take on a new life. Uncharted Territories explores what happens when we find ourselves in an unfamiliar landscape with no map—literally and figuratively! 

In 1985, Selected Shorts was born at Symphony Space in New York City with this simple premise: great short stories performed by great actors. Flash-forward more than 35 years, and Selected Shorts is broadcast on over 150 radio stations around the country, attracting over 300,000 listeners each week through the live show and podcast. Past performers have included Catherine O'Hara, Blythe Danner, Tony Hale, among many others.


Kirsten Vangsness is best known as Penelope Garcia on Criminal Minds, which just began a new season streaming on Paramount+. Her recent performances include starring in the world premiere of the new Phinny Kiyomura play Nimrod at Theatre of NOTE and Justin Elizabeth Sayers’ Lottie Pratchett Took a Hatchet at San Francisco Sketch Fest. In 2019, two of her plays, Mess and Cleo, Theo and Wu, were performed at Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to critical acclaim. In her spare time, Vangsness buses tables at the Blinking Owl Distillery.

Nate Corddry is an actor, comedian, and writer who has recently been featured on the television series Fosse/Verdon, Mindhunter, For All Mankind, and Perry Mason, as well as the Marvel podcast Wastelanders: Black Widow. Additional film and television credits include Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip; United States of Tara; Harry’s Law; Childrens Hospital; TRON: Uprising; St. Vincent; The Heat; Mom; The Hindenburg Explodes!; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; The Circle; New Girl; Ghostbusters; Standing Up, Falling Down; Paper Girls; Gaslit; High School; and as a correspondent on The Daily Show. Corddry will appear in the forthcoming Apple TV+ series Sugar.

Arnell Powell has guest starred and recurred on several television series, including Stranger Things, Lone Star 911, Bosch, Snowfall and, most recently, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s father on HBO’s Winning Time. His film appearances include The Conjuring and Hidden Figures. He can be seen in numerous commercials and is an award–winning audiobook narrator. Powell earned his M.F.A. in Acting from NYU’s Graduate Acting School. He has taught at Harlem School of the Arts as well as for the NYC Department of Education, and coaches privately here in Los Angeles.

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