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"Where We Live: Fictions of America," at the Getty Center, February 9-11, 2007

January 31, 2007

LOS ANGELES—The photographs inspired the selection of stories, while the actors will give voice to them in a weekend literary series that evokes American life as seen from the road.  In its 16th season, Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story is an annual literary series that takes place on February 9, 10 and 11 at the Getty Center and will feature one show on each of the three dates by different casts of actors reading classic and new short fiction.  This year’s series is themed “Where We Live: Fictions of America” and for the first time will directly complement a J. Paul Getty Museum exhibition, Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection.

Stockard Channing, Lindsay Crouse, Rachel Griffiths, Neil Patrick Harris, Robert Sean Leonard, and John Lithgow are among this year’s lineup of notable actors. They will give voice to stories penned by Sherman Alexie, Rick Bass, Brock Clarke, Mary Gordon, Allan Gurganus, Luis Alberto Urrea and Eudora Welty.

“Where We Live: Fictions of America” will begin on Friday, February 9, with Side Trips and Revelations, a journey to the South and New England with compelling characters who are on the road looking for answers. The program for Saturday, February 10 is Men of the West, which follows Western men on the road to make amends and start their lives anew. The final program on Sunday, February 11 is Winding Creeks and Angels in the Backyard, stories of awesome adventures and wild imaginings in the great outdoors.

Selected Shorts is the signature literary program produced by New York’s Symphony Space, with readings broadcast each week on National Public Radio, hosted by series director Isaiah Sheffer.

The Getty Center is the exclusive Southern California venue for Selected Shorts. Over the years, some of the finest actors of stage, screen, and television have come to the Getty Center to lend their voices to the series, including Alec Baldwin, James Cromwell, Jane Curtin, Hector Elizondo Teri Garr, Linda Hunt, Anjelica Huston, William H. Macy, Joe Mantegna and Leonard Nimoy.

All Selected Shorts programs are performed in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors) and are available at the Museum Information Desk or by calling 310-440-7300. For more information, visit

Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
“Where We Live: Fictions of America”

Friday, February 9, 2007 at 8:00pm
Side Trips and Revelations
Stories are "Why I Live at the P.O." by Eudora Welty, "The Apology" by Brock Clarke and "Storytelling" by Mary Gordon. 
Readers include Stockard Channing and Lindsay Crouse.

Saturday, February 10, 2007 at 8:00pm
Men of the West
Stories are "Indian Country" by Sherman Alexie and "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses" by Luis Alberto Urrea. 
Readers are Robert Sean Leonard and John Lithgow.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 3:00pm
Winding Creeks and Angels in the Backyard
Stories include "The Canoeists" by Rick Bass and "It Had Wings" by Allan Gurganus. 
Readers are Rachel Griffiths, Neil Patrick Harris and series host Isaiah Sheffer.

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NOTE TO EDITORS:  Actor interviews may be available upon request. Images are available.

Beth Laski
Getty Communications

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