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Cullen to Take Part in NPR’s ‘Selected Shorts’ at Chautauqua

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Sean Cullen, St. Bonaventure University Class of ’83, will be among the celebrities taking part Monday at Chautauqua Institution’s broadcast of “Selected Shorts,” the popular NPR series that showcases acclaimed actors reading the works of great writers.

“Love, Laughter, and Vodka: A Night of Russian Fiction” is designed to showcase both the history and thriving presence of literary and performing arts at Chautauqua.

Cullen will read two pieces: “Romance with Double Bass” by Anton Chekhov and “Will-Power” by Teffi.

Jane Kaczmarek, former star of ABC’s “Malcolm in the Middle,” hosts the performance; she will also read “Salad Olivier” by Lara Vapnyar. Actor Peter Francis James will read “Quadraturin” by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky.

Click here for ticket information. The show begins at 8:15 p.m. in the Amphitheater.

A Buffalo native, Cullen appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Michael Clayton” with George Clooney, Lincoln Center’s Tony Award-winning revival of “South Pacific,” and “The Sound of Music Live” on NBC with Carrie Underwood.

His recent films include HBO’s “Paterno” with Al Pacino and the forthcoming “DeLorean” with Alec Baldwin. His most recent TV credits include “Bull,” “House of Cards,” “Suits” and “The Blacklist.” Additional Broadway credits include “Golden Boy,” “Coram Boy” and James Joyce’s “The Dead.”

This summer, Cullen will appear at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Robert Sherwood’s classic “The Petrified Forest,” directed by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn.

“Selected Shorts” began in 1985 and the podcast consistently ranks as one of the most popular on iTunes with over 100,000 downloads each week. It’s produced by Symphony Space in New York City and broadcast on more than 150 stations around the country.

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