Stony Brook Southampton Campus

239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY, USA


Saturday, November 9, 2019


7:30 pm - 9:00 pm





Rakoff Studio Opening On November 9th

A Tribute to David Rakoff with “Selected Shorts” at Avram Theater

On November 9th, Stony Brook Southampton will celebrate the opening of Rakoff Studio, a podcast recording studio that honors our dear friend and faculty member David Rakoff. The studio will also serve as an event and teaching space that will support the wide range of creative endeavors for which David himself was known.

A winner of the Thurber Award, David 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 twenty years, David passed away in 2012.

To celebrate the opening of the new studio and commemorate David’s life and contributions to our Creative Writing Program and the greater writing community, we are holding an evening of readings from David’s work alongside Selected Shorts on November 9th.

Hosted by Ira Glass, authors and actors will pay tribute to our late friend and colleague with personal stories and readings from Rakoff’s unforgettable body of work. Featuring Melissa Bank, Rachel Dratch, Matthew Klam, Jon Glaser, Patricia Marx, and more*.

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.

The event will take place on November 9th from 7:30-9:00 PM at the Avram Family Theater, with more information available here.

General admission: $30

Student admission: $15

Limited VIP admission: $250 (includes a cocktail reception with Ira Glass in the Rakoff Studio prior to the event. 5:30-7:15 PM)

*Artists subject to change


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