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A Tribute to David Rakoff with ‘Selected Shorts’ at Southampton’s Avram Theater

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david RakoffOn November 9, 2019, Stony Brook Southampton will celebrate the opening of Rakoff Studio, a podcast recording studio that honors late faculty member David Rakoff.

A winner of the Thurber Award, Rakoff was known for his incisive wit and analysis of postmodern preposterousness. He was also known for his work with David Sedaris, including a screen adaptation of “The New Tenants” that won the Academy Award for best live-action short film in 2009. Having struggled with cancer for more than 20 years, David passed away in 2012.

To celebrate the opening of the new studio and commemorate David’s life and contributions to the Stony Brook Creative Writing Program and the greater writing community, an evening of readings from David’s work will be hosted alongside Selected Shorts on November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Avram Theater at Stony Brook Southampton.

Hosted by Ira Glass, authors and actors will share personal stories and readings from Rakoff’s unforgettable body of work. Featuring Melissa Bank, Rachel Dratch, Matthew Klam, Jon Glaser, Patricia Marx, and others.

Selected Shorts is produced by the Symphony Space in New York City. The stories are mostly classic and new short fiction, and always brought to life by actors from stage and screen.

General admission is $30, student admission is $15. Limited VIP admission is $250 and includes a cocktail reception with Ira Glass in the Rakoff Studio prior to the event. 5:30-7:15 pm. Learn more at the Stony Brook Southampton website.

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