Ancram Opera House Presents Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate

An Evening of Short Stories by Well-Known and Emerging Writers

Ancram Opera House will present Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate, an evening of short stories by well-known and emerging writers. Reading the stories will be Ancram Opera House veteran actors Brian Demar Jones (The Brothers Size) and James Occhino (In Praise of Elephants), and NYC/Chatham based actor Kim Sykes. This one-night-only event is Saturday Nov. 2 at 8pm. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at

Crystal Radio Sessions Upstate is the new outpost of the downtown NYC reading series showcasing the fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction and personal essays of both established and emerging writers. This event was curated by Crystal Radio Sessions co-founder Ashley Mayne, a Millerton-based writer whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in FencePost RoadJukedMetambesen and elsewhere.

The featured stories and writers are:

“Uncle Jim Called,” by Tony-Award winning playwright David Rabe (Sticks and Bones, Hurlyburly, Streamers). It’s one thing to miss the loved ones we’ve lost, and another to have them show up.

“One Heard Road,” by Hudson Valley writer Harris Lahti. A coming-of-age story about flipping houses, the animals of upstate New York, and other grotesque things.

“Bashful Yeti Tree Sculpture,” by novelist Courtney Maum (CostalegreTouch, I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You). A crumbling marriage is observed from the point of view of a Bashful Yeti garden sculpture– ordered during happier times– from an in-flight magazine.

“Muktad,” by writer Rhea Dhanbhoora. Two short stories about the dead, the dying and the customs surrounding traditional Zoroastrian sky burials.

The Ancram Opera House, located in southern Columbia County, is an award-winning intimate rural performance hall showcasing contemporary theatre and alternative cabaret by visionary theater and musical artists. For tickets and information visit

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