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At the Getty Center, May 21–23, 2004

May 3, 2004

Los Angeles— films Short Cuts and Personal Velocity, among others, have one thing in common—they each began as short stories. This interplay between film and fiction is the theme for Selected Shorts Goes to the Movies, the latest installment of the acclaimed live literary series Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story, which returns to the Getty Center for its 13th season from May 21–23, 2004

 Presented by New York's Symphony Space and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Selected Shorts offers three performances of classic and new short fiction read by some of the finest actors of stage, screen, and television. This year's cast includes Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Gil Bellows (Ally McBeal), Hector Elizondo, Thomas Gibson (Dharma and Greg), Leonard Nimoy, and Richard Schiff (The West Wing).  Selected Shorts Goes to the Movies spotlights stories that have inspired great films, stories about the movie-going experience, and stories with the potential of becoming feature films.

 Journalist and author Susan Orlean presents a special evening, "Susan Orlean: Waiting for the Movie," featuring three stories she believes would make great movies.  In what she calls her "private project greenlight," Orleans will share her selection of stories that “pop off the page.” Orlean's own book The Orchid Thief made the transition to celluloid recently; it was the focus of the 2002 film Adaptation, in which Nicholas Cage plays a writer struggling to transform the story into a screenplay. 

 The Selected Shorts series will also include "Fiction into Film," which explores great short works that have inspired memorable movies, and "Film in Fiction," a look at fictional works in which movie-going plays an important role. Among the authors featured are Raymond Carver, whose short stories were made into the critically acclaimed Robert Altman film Short Cuts in 1993, and Rebecca Miller, who transformed Greta, and two other stories from her collection Personal Velocity into the 2002 film Personal Velocity. Other literary voices that will be heard over the three performances include Anton Chekhov, Ernest Hemingway, Lewis Robinson, and T. Coraghessan Boyle.

 Los Angeles has always been home to some of the country's greatest writers, and as the nation's movie capital and avatar of America's Golden West, has served as inspiration to countless authors elsewhere. Selected Shorts Goes to the Movies explores the intersection between two of the city's most influential and creative industries.

 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 readings will also air as part of the Selected Shorts radio series on more than 130 National Public Radio stations.

 The Getty Center is the Southern California venue for Selected Shorts. Over the years, a stellar cast of actors has come to the Getty Center to lend their voice to the series, including Anjelica Huston, Alec Baldwin, Joe Mantegna, Linda Hunt, Jane Curtin, James Cromwell, and Teri Garr. 

  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

Interviews may be available. Images available upon request.
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Tracy Gilbert
Getty Communications Dept.

(Programs are subject to change) 
Selected Shorts Goes to the Movies
May 21–23, 2004

Friday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Fiction into Film
Romance with Double-Bass by Anton Chekhov
read by Richard Schiff
(made into Romance with a Double Bass, 1974, starring John Cleese)
Greta by Rebecca Miller
read by Lauren Ambrose
(this and two other stories in Miller's collection Personal Velocity were the basis for her film Personal Velocity, 2002)
Lemonade by Raymond Carver
read by Leonard Nimoy
(this and other Carver stories were the basis for the Robert Altman film Short Cuts, 1993)
My Old Man by Ernest Hemingway
read by Ted Marcoux
(made into Under My Skin, 1950, with John Garfield)

Saturday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m.
Susan Orlean: Waiting for the Movie

Introduction by Susan Orlean
Fat Ladies Floated in the Sky Like Balloons by Amanda Davis
read by Jacqueline Kim
The Oracle by Elizabeth Oness
read by Gil Bellows
The Consolation of Philosophy by Nicholas Delbanco
read by Lou Antonio

Sunday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m.
Film in Fiction

Skyshot by Manuel Muñoz
read by Hector Elizondo
I Dated Jane Austen by T. Coraghessan Boyle
read by Isaiah Sheffer
Knowledge by Gail Jones
read by Christina Pickles
Seeing the World by Lewis Robinson
read by Thomas Gibson

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