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Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story Returns for its 11th Season at the Getty

Literary Readings by Acclaimed Actors
Presented May 3-5 by New York's Symphony Space, KPCC (89.3 FM), and the J. Paul Getty Museum

April 26, 2002

LOS ANGELES—Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story returns to the Getty for its 11th West Coast season from Friday, May 3 through Sunday, May 5, 2002. Selected Shorts is the signature literary program of New York’s Symphony Space, broadcast live each week through National Public Radio, and airing locally on KPCC Public Radio (89.3 FM). The J. Paul Getty Museum annually hosts a special L.A. edition of the series, and this year presents four performances of classic and new short fiction read by some of the finest actors of screen, stage, and television. The 2002 cast of readers includes: Billy Campbell (Once and Again), James Cromwell (The Green Mile), Teri Garr, Thomas Gibson (Dharma and Greg), LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice), Christina Pickles (St. Elsewhere), and others. (See event schedule below.)

Each performance at the Getty features short stories based on a different theme. The programs to be presented are: New Fiction from Book Magazine scheduled for May 3 at 8 p.m.; A Turn of Events on May 4 at 8 p.m.; a matinee of Railway Tales on Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m.; and Living Arrangements, also on May 5 at 7 p.m.

The actors will read works by authors including Elizabeth Haas, Adam Haslett, Julie Otsuka, George Singleton, and John Edgar Wideman. The Sunday matinee, Railway Tales, complements the Getty Museum’s current Railroad Vision photographs exhibition on view in the West Pavilion through June 23. The following works will be featured at the 3 p.m. performance: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s "Travel," Mark Helprin’s "Katherine Comes to Yellow Sky," Jonathan Franzen’s "End of the Line," and Tobias Wolff’s "The Night in Question."

The Selected Shorts programs take place in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at 1200 Getty Center Drive. Tickets ($20) are available at the Museum Information Desk or by calling 310-440-7300. Parking at the Getty Center is $5. For more information visit

The series is presented by New York’s Symphony Space, Southern California’s KPCC Public Radio (89.3 FM), and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Later this year, the Getty readings will also be broadcast as part of the Selected Shorts radio series on more than 130 National Public Radio stations including KPCC, which airs the program on Saturdays from 10 to 11 p.m.

The 2002 Selected Shorts program schedule follows.
Actors are subject to change.

Friday, May 3, 8 p.m.
Elizabeth Haas’ "Smokers," read by Teri Garr
Dan Chaon’s "Sorrow Comes in the Night," read by Thomas Gibson (Dharma and Greg)
Adam Langer’s "214 Minutes," read by Teri Garr
Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski’s "Devotion," read by Thomas Gibson (Dharma and Greg)
George Singleton’s "Public Defenders and Other Fossils," read by James Cromwell (The Green Mile)

Saturday, May 4, 8 p.m.
Murray Bail’s "The Drover’s Wife," read by René Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)
Neil Gaiman’s "Chivalry," read by Christina Pickles (St. Elsewhere)
Adam Haslett’s "The Good Doctor," read by Billy Campbell (Once and Again)

Sunday, May 5, 3 p.m.
Complements the Railroad Vision exhibition, currently on view through June 23 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, West Pavilion.
Edna St. Vincent Millay’s "Travel," read by Isaiah Sheffer (Symphony Space)
Mark Helprin’s "Katherine Comes to Yellow Sky," read by LisaGay Hamilton (The Practice)
Tobias Wolff’s "The Night in Question," read by Jamey Sheridan (Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Jonathan Franzen’s "End of the Line;" read by Jane Kaczmarek (Malcolm in the Middle)

Sunday, May 5, 7 p.m.
John Edgar Wideman’s "Sharing," read by Susanna Thompson (Once and Again)
Julie Otsuka’s "When the Emperor Was Divine," read by Gedde Watanabe (ER)
David Schickler’s "Jamaica," read by Isaiah Sheffer (Symphony Space)

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Symphony Space – One of New York’s most inventive performing arts centers, Symphony Space is a forum for innovation, creating original formats, and breaking down barriers between artistic disciplines. The newly renovated, two-venue complex, now known as the Peter Norton Symphony Space, and comprised of the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre and the Leonard Nimoy Thalia, is a home for music, literature, dance, education, film, and theatre programs that embrace every culture. Beyond this live audience, Symphony Space reaches several hundred thousand people each week through National Public Radio broadcasts of its signature literary program, Selected Shorts. Broadcasts of the Wall to Wall music marathons and other music and literary events touch listeners in greater New York who have never set foot in the Upper West Side performing arts center.

KPCC Southern California Public Radio (89.3 FM)
reaches more than 350,000 Los Angeles and Orange County listeners weekly with its award-winning combination of NPR news, local news, and intelligent discussion programming. NPR’s signature national programs, including Marketplace, Fresh Air, Car Talk, and A Prairie Home Companion round out the schedule. Weekdays, Larry Mantle’s AirTalk and Talk of the City with Kitty Felde provide a civic forum for thoughtful discussion of important issues in Southern California, along with Talk of the Nation, hosted by NPR’s Neal Conan.

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