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Isaiah Sheffer is a founder and artistic director of Symphony Space in New York City, where his duties include directing the hit literary series Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, now in its twentieth season, and hosting the public radio series of the same name, heard on NPR stations across the country. Each year he stages a season of Selected Shorts at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He is the creator of Symphony Space's Wall to Wall marathon concerts, most recently Wall to Wall Richard Rodgers, and the March 20, 2004, Wall to Wall George Balanchine. Each June 16th he also directs Symphony Space's annual James Joyce extravaganza, Bloomsday on Broadway. His writing efforts for screen and stage include Clair de Lune by the Pale Moonlight, a tapestry of his new translations of French romantic poets and songs of Gabriel Fauré; a PBS documentary on music in the 12th century; the book and lyrics to the off-Broadway musical The Rise of David Levinsky (which had its first production at the 92nd Street Y); the screenplay of the short feature film Pair of Jokers, starring Jerry Stiller; and the book and lyrics of the off- Broadway musical Yiddle with a Fiddle, adapted from the classic 1936 film. His newest play is Dreamers and Demons, about Isaac Bashevis Singer's life and work. Two other plays by Isaiah Sheffer were premiered at the 92nd Street Y—A Broadcast Baby, and his new English version of Sholom Aleichem's Hard to Be a Jew. He is currently writing the libretto for A More Perfect Union, an opera-ballet about the 1787 Constitutional Convention that gave us the Electoral College and so many other wonders.

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