By turns funny, moving, romantic and surreal, and filled with unexpected twists and turns, each of the tales on this lineup has a magical element.
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- Andrew Lam's The Palmist, performed by James Naughton. A chance encounter on a bus between a fortune-teller and a teenage boy.
- Ray Bradbury's The Veldt, performed by Stephen Colbert. A room which can take you anywhere in the world - sometimes with dangerous consequences
- W. W. Jacobs' The Monkey's Paw, performed by John Lithgow. A wonderful ghost story about a trinket with terrible powers.
- Saki's The Occasional Garden, performed by Daniel Gerroll. If you can't grow a garden; poof! - you can rent one.
- Donald Barthelme's The Balloon, performed by Maria Tucci. There's something suddenly in the sky in midtown Manhattan....
- Kevin Brockmeier's The Year of Silence, performed by Anthony Rapp. What if everything went quiet?
- Jonathan Safran Foer's The Sixth Borough, performed by Jerry Zaks. Yes, New York had a Sixth Borough, but it drifted away....
- Aimee Bender's Drunken Mimi, performed by Bernadette Quigley. A romance between a mermaid and an imp.
- Haruki Murakami's The Little Green Monster, performed by Dana Ivey. A piece of Murakami magic: Is this a monster I see before me?
- T. C. Boyle's Swept Away, performed by René Auberjonois. This story's weather forecast: Very windy and very funny.