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A father and daughter-in-law come to terms with their relationship as they struggle to save their home. A Black man turns a symbol of oppression on its head. And just in time for the holidays, a married couple finds their way back to each other in a most unusual way. Inspired by Stanford Live's season themes of reconciliation and forgiveness, Selected Shorts returns to the concert hall for an afternoon of dazzling short stories about the messy, heartbreaking, and hilarious ways we manage to come together. Hosted by Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) with performances by Jason Dirden (American Soul), and Kimberly Guerrero (Reservation Dogs).

Our greatest actors transport us through the magic of fiction—one short story at a time.

Actors subject to change.


Performers and Writers:

Jason Dirden has appeared on Broadway in two Tony Award winning productions, A Raisin in the Sun and Fences, opposite Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. In 2017, he starred in the West Coast revival of August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Phylicia Rashad, for which he was honored with an Ovation Award. He starred as Pastor Basie Skanks in OWN’s original drama series Greenleaf and created the character of Gerald Aims in BET’s drama American Soul, the story of Don Cornelius and Soul Train. Additional works include Lifetime’s Mahalia, opposite Danielle Brooks, and the CBS procedural crime dramas Elementary and Hawaii Five-0.

Percival Everett is the author of 20 books, including Wounded, which won the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award, Erasure winner of the Academy Award for Literature of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Big Picture, winner of the PEN/Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature; Zulus, winner of the New American Writing Award, and the story collection Damned if I Do. His latest books are the novel I Am Not Sidney Poitier, winner of the 2010 Believer Book Award, and the collection of poetry Swimming Swimmers Swimming. He is a Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Southern California. 

Kimberly Guerrero is a contemporary Native American storyteller who works in film, television, and theater. Her recent acting credits include Cherokee Chief Wilma in Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias; Catch the Fair One, winner of the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival Audience Award; and The Dark Divide starring David Cross and Debra Messing. Guerrero can currently be seen in the Taika Waititi/Sterlin Harjo hit comedy Reservation Dogs on FX and Hulu, Rutherford Falls on Peacock, and The Wilds. On stage, she originated the role of “Johnna” in Tracy Letts’ Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play August: Osage County, and also starred in Manahatta at The Public Theater in New York and The Frybread Queen with Native Voices in Los Angeles. She was recently named Artistic Director at UC Riverside, where she is an Associate Professor in the Theater, Film, and Digital Filmmaking Department. Guerrero is an enrolled member of the Colville Tribes and also has Salish-Kootenai heritage.

Jane Kaczmarek is best known for her role as Lois on Malcolm in the Middle, for which she received seven consecutive Emmy nominations as well as nominations for the Golden Globe and SAG Awards. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Yale School of Drama, Kaczmarek made her television debut on The Paper Chase and Hill Street Blues and most recently can be seen on The Big Bang Theory, This Is Us, and Mixed-ish. In New York, Kaczmarek has appeared on Broadway and off at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, the Public Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, and six seasons at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her recent theater credits include in Long Day's Journey Into Night with Alfred Molina, Our Town with Deaf West Theatre, and The Year to Come at La Jolla Playhouse. Kaczmarek’s favorite job is raising her three kids and reading/hosting Selected Shorts across America.

Yxta Maya Murray is a writer and law professor living in Los Angeles. Her novels include The Good Girl’s Guide to Getting Kidnapped, The King’s Gold: An Old World Novel of Adventure, and The Queen Jade: A Novel, and others. She has won a Whiting Award and an Art Writers Grant, and she has been a finalist for the ASME Award in Fiction. Her art criticism can be found in Artforum, ARTnews, Artillery, and other periodicals.

Lionel Shriver’s novels include the National Book Award finalist So Much for That, the New York Times bestseller The Post-Birthday World, and the international bestseller and Orange Prize-winning We Need to Talk About Kevin. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian and The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her most recent novel, Big Brother, was critically acclaimed and a Waterstones Book Club choice in 2014.



  • The Appropriation of Cultures by Percival Everett

    Performed by Jason Dirden

  • Paradise by Maya Yxta Murray

    Performed by Kimberly Guerrero

  • Negative Equity by Lionel Shriver

    Performed by Jane Kaczmarek


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