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Friends Performing Arts Presents Selected Shorts

Back by popular demand, Selected Shorts returns to the Greenwich Library for another rollicking evening of holiday stories! Actors Michel Gill (The Dropout), Joanna Gleason (The Bite), and Sonia Manzano (Sesame Street) present hilarious, poignant, and moving stories about seasonal gatherings with family and friends!

Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Sometimes funny. Always moving. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy.

Actors subject to change.

This event is free of charge and open to all. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Stay after the show for a 15 minute Q&A with the actors.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2023
7:00pm - 8:15pm
Berkley Theater
  Adult     Teens  
  Friends     Theater and Performance  
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Selected Shorts is produced by Symphony Space in New York City and broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country. Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction, one short story at a time. Selected Shorts connects you to the world with a rich diversity of voices from literature, film, theater, and comedy. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes, with more than 100,000 downloads every week. The series began in 1985 and enjoys sold-out performances to this day. Selected Shorts was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors on stage and screen. Evenings are often co-hosted by writers or involve a special collaboration with literary publications, podcasts, museums, and more. Each Selected Shorts is a unique night of literature in performance.

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 thirty-five years.

Michel Gill is known for his roles in the television series The Dropout, The Gilded Age, Nova Vita, God Friended Me, Chicago Med, House of Cards, Mr. Robot, The Get Down, and Ray Donovan. Additional film and television credits include The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Forever, Everything, Affliction, Condemned, and Who Killed JonBenét? Gill has been featured on numerous regional stages, including off-Broadway in Speaking in Tongues, A Winter’s Tale, Naked, Othello, Lincoln Portrait, Da Caravaggio, and Coyote Ugly, and on Broadway in A Man For All Seasons.

Sonia Manzano is a first-generation mainland Puerto Rican, raised in the South Bronx. In the early 1970’s a scholarship took her to Carnegie Mellon University, where she participated in the creation of the Broadway show hit Godspell. From there she went on to affect the lives of millions of parents and children when she was offered the opportunity to create the role of “Maria” on Sesame Street. After forty-four years on Sesame Street she decided to write books.  Her most recent Scholastic novel, Coming Up Cuban, set in 1959, follows the lives of four children who represent different intersections of race and class during the Cuban Revolution. Sonia has been recognized with 15 Emmy Awards for writing Sesame Street, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences 2016.  She most recently received the 2022 Beacon Award from PBS. Ms. Manzano has created and developed with Fred Rogers Productions an animated children's program for PBS. Alma's Way premiered in Oct 2021.


This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Greenwich Library.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Cihi @ kcihi@greenwichlibrary.org