(Boston) – Huntington Theatre Company in association with Jonathan Reinis Productions and WGBH present the hit public-radio series and podcast Selected Shorts on Tour: “Tales of Springtime, Sex & Baseball” at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre June 8 at 4pm and 8pm. Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Kate Burton (“Grey’s Anatomy,”The Cherry Orchard, and the upcoming The Seagull at the Huntington), Emmy Award nominee and Tony Award winner Denis O’Hare (“True Blood” and “American Horror Story”), and Academy Award nominee Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone) perform powerful, surprising, romantic, and funny stories by comic master Dorothy Parker, baseball writer W. P. Kinsella (Shoeless Joe), and quirky contemporary humorists Aimee Bender and N. M. Kelby.
Tickets are on sale now at huntingtontheatre.org/selectedshorts. Ticket information is below.
Each Selected Shorts presentation features short stories – always fiction, a mix of classics and new – centering on a theme and brought to life in performance by great actors from stage, screen, and television. The weekly public radio show Selected Shorts is broadcast to roughly 300,000 listeners on more than 140 stations including Boston’s WGBH, where it airs on Sundays at 4pm. It is produced by Symphony Space and WNYC Radio and distributed by Public Radio International. The Selected Shorts podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes.
Kate Burton (host/performer) previously appeared at the Huntington in The Corn is Green, The Cherry Orchard, and Hedda Gabler. She will return in March/April 2014 in Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull directed by Nicholas Martin. Ms. Burton was nominated for Tony Awards for Hedda Gabler, The Elephant Man, and The Constant Wife. Additional Broadway work includes Present Laughter, Spring Awakening, and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Her Off Broadway credits include David Mamet's Boston Marriage. She has appeared in the films Max Payne, Stay, Quid Pro Quo, Sherry Baby, The Night Listener, Swimfan, Unfaithful, Celebrity, The Ice Storm, August, Big Trouble in Little China, and Liberal Arts. Her television credits include Notes for My Daughter (Emmy Award), “Grey's Anatomy” (Emmy Award nomination), “Rescue Me,” “Grimm, The Closer,” and recurring roles on “The Good Wife” and “Scandal.”
Denis O’Hare (performer) received the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor for his performance in Take Me Out and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sweet Charity. He has appeared in such films as Milk (Critics’ Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble), Michael Clayton, 21 Grams, Garden State, and Half Nelson. His other theatre credits include Hauptmann, Assassins, Inherit the Wind, and Elling. In 2010, O'Hare joined the cast of HBO’s “True Blood” as Russell Edgington, and he has appeared in a recurring role as Judge Charles Abernathy on the television drama series “The Good Wife.”
Amy Ryan (performer) was named Best Supporting Actress by the New York, Los Angeles, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. film critics circles, and nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in the film Gone Baby Gone. Other film credits include You Can Count on Me, Capote, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Keane, Changeling, Green Zone, Jack Goes Boating, Win Win, and most recently Breathe In. Her theatre work includes numerous Broadway and Off Broadway productions, with Tony Award nominations for bothUncle Vanya and A Streetcar Named Desire. On television, her most recent recurring roles are on “In Treatment,” The Wire,” and “The Office.” Upcoming films include Devil’s Knot, The Tomb, and Clear History.
- June 8 @ 4pm
- June 8 @ 8pm
- $10 off for Huntington subscribers & WGBH Members. Other discounts may apply.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.
ABOUT SYMPHONY SPACE / SELECTED SHORTS
The cornerstone of Symphony Space’s literary programming, Selected Shorts started over 25 years ago as a performance/reading series and grew into a national, public radio sensation heard on over 140 stations and by over 300,000 monthly podcast subscribers. The radio series is co-produced with WNYC in New York and distributed by Public Radio International (the series is heard in New York City on WNYC weekends). The series was conceived with a simple premise: take great stories by well-known and emerging writers and have them performed by terrific actors like Stephen Colbert, Alec Baldwin, and Mary Louise Parker (among many others). The originator of the storytelling craze, Selected Shorts now includes a library of CDs and digital downloads.
ABOUT JONATHAN REINIS
Jonathan Reinis has Broadway producing credits that include Pippin (2013- ) Lombardi (2010), Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking (2009-10), Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall (2008), How The Grinch Stole Christmas: The Musical (2006-7), Kiki and Herb: Alive On Broadway (Tony Award Nomination 2006), Dame Edna (Tony Award, 2000), Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam (Tony Award, 2003), Bill Maher: Victory Begins at Home (Tony Award nomination, 2003) and It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (Tony Award nomination, 1999). His San Francisco and touring productions include Wishful Drinking (Huntington Theatre Company and on tour), Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, Sam Shepard’s The Late Henry Moss, Dame Edna, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, John Leguizamo’s premiere of Freak, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Piano Lesson, and Forever Tango. Mr. Reinis built and operated a 750 seat Theatre on the Square in San Francisco (1981-2002) and is a member of the Broadway League and ATPAM.
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including “Masterpiece,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “Frontline,” “Nova,” “American Experience,” “Arthur,” “Curious George,” and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include “Greater Boston,” “Basic Black, High School Quiz Show,” and “Neighborhood Kitchens.” WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s “The World”), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content to meet the needs of 21st-century learners), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, and duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. More information at wgbh.org.