Selected Shorts: Art & Artists

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Blythe Danner reads How to Become A Writer by Lorrie Moore 
John Benjamin Hickey reads Weber’s Head by J. Robert Lennon 
Denis O’Hare reads The Color Master by Aimee Bender

Blythe Danner has appeared on Broadway in Butterflies Are Free, for which she earned a Tony Award; Betrayal; A Streetcar Named Desire; and, most recently, The Country House. Her films include Meet the Parents, The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, 1776, and the forthcoming Tumbledown. Her television credits include We Were the Mulvaneys, St. Elsewhere, Will & Grace, and Huff, for which she earned two Emmy Awards.

John Benjamin Hickey won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in The Normal Heart. His other Broadway credits include Mary Stuart, The Crucible, and Cabaret. He has a recurring role as Neil Gross on The Good Wife, and appeared for four seasons on Showtime’s The Big C, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He has appeared in films such as Pitch Perfect, Flags of Our Fathers, and the upcoming Tallulah. He currently stars in the original WGN television series Manhattan.

Denis O’Hare has appeared in such films as Milk, for which he won the Critics Choice Award for Best Acting Ensemble; A Mighty Heart; Michael Clayton; Duplicity; 21 Grams; Garden State; and Changeling. He won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Take Me Out and a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his role in Sweet Charity. Recent television appearances include American Horror Story, True Blood, and The Good Wife.

Selected Shorts on KERA 90.1 On Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., tune in to the award-winning public radio series featuring classic and bold new stories read by acclaimed actors.

Auditorium tickets are sold out for this event; however, a live video-simulcast of the event will be available in the adjacent C3 Theater with close-up shots of the actors reading on stage.

Simulcast ticket holders may have a chance to buy an upgraded ticket to the auditorium on a first-come, first-served basis if seats become available. On the night of the event, please check in with the Arts & Letters Live box office about seating availability. Thank you!

Come early and join us for a special film screening, introduced by Kay Cattarulla, Arts & Letters Live Founding Producer Emerita
5:15 p.m. Film screening of Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer

Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer delves into the life of the man whom many knew only as the host of Selected Shorts on public radio, or the driving force and artistic director of Symphony Space, or the originator of Bloomsday on Broadway, or the comic genius behind The Thalia Follies. In addition to all of those successes, he was an Emmy-nominated writer and producer. He was an actor, director, musical librettist and lyricist, and a cultural entrepreneur. He was a husband and father, and a mentor to many. The film explores his life, his impact on the arts scene, and the tremendous effect he had on those around him. With Isaiah Sheffer, Morgan Freeman, Stephen Colbert, Leonard Nimoy, Jane Curtin, Fionnula Flanagan, Stephen Lang, Fritz Weaver, and many others. FREE; reservation required.

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