The new season of SELECTED SHORTS begins with a program focusing on the mystery and allure of objects. In Steven Millhauser’s “In the Reign of Harad IV” a court miniaturist longs to create smaller and smaller worlds; Aimee Bender’s “Americca” pokes slyly at the land of plenty by giving one family too much; and in Abigail Thomas’s “Rocking Chair” a crumbling antique tests a marriage. The readers are Leonard Nimoy, Jane Levy, and Kate Burton.
Sybil Williams was a Welsh actress, theatre director, & founder of popular celebrity New York nightclub "Arthur". She first came into the public eye as the first wife of Richard Burton. The marriage ended famously in 1963, when Burton began a liaison with Elizabeth Taylor. She divorced Burton in 1963 on grounds of "abandonment & cruel & inhumane treatment",receiving a $1million settlement & custody of their children.