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SELECTED SHORTS: A CELEBRATION OF THE SHORT STORY "The Love Story Weekend," At the Getty Center, May 20-22, 2005

May 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES—Love, in all its wonderful,  heartbreaking, and wild and wacky forms, is the theme for the acclaimed literary series Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, which enters its 14th season at the Getty Center, from May 20–22, 2005. "The Love Story Weekend" will feature three performances by a stellar cast of actors reading classic and new short fiction. The works explore the fun and complexities of single life, marriage, and the warm and sometimes zany path to love.

Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, Michael York, Regina King, and Shohreh Aghdashloo, are among this year’s lineup of notable talents. They will give voice to stories penned by literary giants John Updike and V. S. Pritchett, as well as Etgar Keret, one of the leading forces in Israeli literature and cinema; MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award-winner Charles Johnson; and emerging talents like Julie Otsuka, winner of the 2003 Asian American Literary Award. 

Selected Shorts’ "The Love Story Weekend" will begin on Friday, May 20, with "Singles Scenes," followed by a look at "Marital Matters" on Saturday, concluding with "Breakups, Makeups, and Wakeups" on Sunday. Produced by New York's Symphony Space and presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the readings at the Getty Center will also air as part of the Selected Shorts radio series on more than 130 National Public Radio stations. 
Selected Shorts is the signature literary program of 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 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 Anjelica Huston, Joe Mantegna, Linda Hunt, Jane Curtin, James Cromwell, Teri Garr, Leonard Nimoy, and Hector Elizondo.

All Selected Shorts programs take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive. 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
At the Getty Center, May 20–22, 2005
(Programs are subject to change)

Friday, May 20 at 8:00 p.m.
The Love Story Weekend
Singles Scenes

Cultural Relativity by Charles Johnson
Read by Regina King
(Ray, Jerry Maguire)
A wacky story of college students in love and what happens when you kiss a prince.

Mother's Son by Tessa Hadley
Read by Shohreh Aghdashloo
(House of Sand and Fog, 24, The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
A divorced mother advises her college-age son on affairs of the heart.

The Lone Pilgrim by Laurie Colwin
Read by Susanna Thompson
(Once and Again, The Ballad of Jack and Rose)
A New York artist longs for love and domesticity but is tied to the pleasures of the single life.

Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.
The Love Story Weekend
Marital Matters

Wife-Wooing by John Updike
Read by Alec Baldwin
(The Aviator, Glengarry Glen Ross)
A couple with three kids and little time for romance, find it.

1919 by Julie Otsuka
Read by Dawn Akemi Saito
(Blood Cherries, A Face of Our Own)
In 1919, a group of Japanese picture brides journey with great excitement and trepidation to meet their husbands in America.

The Paring Knife by Michael Oppenheimer
Read by Steven Gilborn
(The Practice, Ellen)
A husband and wife recollect a long-ago fight.

A Serious Question by V. S. Pritchett
Read by Michael York
(Cabaret, Austin Powers)
A long-married couple experience a magical moment in which their passion is almost reignited.

Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m.
The Love Story Weekend
Makeups, Breakups, and Wakeups

Part of the Story by Stephen Dobyns
read by Isaiah Sheffer
(artistic director of Symphony Space)
A wild and wacky story of a woman whose children from different relationships unite and confront her.

Fatso by Etgar Keret
read by William H. Macy
(The Cooler, Fargo)
Night brings an unexpected change in this offbeat romance.

The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
read by Christina Pickles
(Friends, Grace of my Heart, Legends of the Fall)
A woman leaves romance behind to pursue her love of books and reading.

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