"Selected Shorts" is the award-winning, one-hour radio program from PRI, which features readings of classic and new short fiction by notable actors from stage and screen. Now in its 20th season, "Selected Shorts" is hosted by Isaiah Sheffer and produced by Symphony Space in New York City.
The 8 PM Jan. 15, 2008, live presentation is entitled The MacDowell Colony: A Centennial Celebration, and will include the short stories "A Curtain of Green" by Eudora Welty, "Nineteen Fifty-Five" by Alice Walker and "Pilgrims" by Julie Orringer. The three authors were nurtured and inspired by the isolation and vital artistic community of The MacDowell Colony for artists, which James Baldwin called a place "to crouch in order to spring."
The actresses will read from the works of Welty, Walker and Orringer.
Eikenberry earned a Golden Globe Award and five Emmy Award nominations for television's "L.A. Law." Her stage credits include Moonchildren, Watch on the Rhine, Summer Brave, Onward Victoria, All Over Town, and her Obie-winning performances in Lemon Sky and Life Underwater.
Frances Sternhagen is a Tony winner for her work in Broadway's The Good Doctor and most recently for The Heiress. Her stage credits include Seascape, Equus, On Golden Pond, Driving Miss Daisy, and television's "Sex and the City." Myra Lucretia Taylor most recently appeared in the Broadway revival of Nine. Taylor has also performed in the Broadway productions of Macbeth, Electra, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, Mule Bone and A Streetcar Named Desire. The former RSC member has appeared in television's "Oz" and the upcoming film "A Dog Year."
The MacDowell Colony: A Centennial Celebration is presented by the Westport Country Playhouse in partnership with the Westport Arts Center. Tickets are available by calling (203) 227-4177 or by visiting www.westportplayhouse.org.
The Westport Country Playhouse is located at 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, in Westport, CT.