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Angelica Houston performs at a past Selected Shorts

Produced by New York's Symphony Space, Selected Shorts is an annual series featuring actors from stage, screen, and television reading classic and new short fiction. The series is held each spring at the Getty Center.

Next in the series


Selected Shorts 2015: Tales after Dark

Date: Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday;
3:00 p.m. on Sunday
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

The popular public radio series and podcast returns for a weekend of live performances, offering a varied selection of stories set after hours. Tales historical, present day and futuristic are all in the mix. A romantic soiree, a fantastic exploration of the moon, a blind woman's adventures in a mysterious Manhattan, a wild holiday party during a blizzard, a lonely motel on a deserted road, a rendezvous at a bar on a Parisian side street, a dreamy after-hours adventure in a time-travel machine, and a funny family movie night with an unexpected guest are among the after-dark settings and scenarios of these romantic, mysterious, fantastical, gritty, magical, and compelling tales. Robert Sean Leonard hosts the series and leads an all-star cast including Sean Astin, Wren T. Brown, Wyatt Cenac, Heather Goldenhersh, Jane Kaczmarek, Christina Pickles, Liev Schreiber, Kirsten Vangsness and more.

Cast and stories are subject to change.

Please note each program will have a different lineup of actors.

Saturday, March 21, 3:00 p.m.
"Interior Design" by Dolan Morgan
Performed by Wyatt Cenac

"In the Bed Department" by Anne Enright
Performed by Christina Pickles

"The Architecture of the Moon" by Joe Meno
Performed by Wren T. Brown

Saturday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
"Awake" by Jenny Allen
Performed by Jane Kaczmarek

"The TV" by Ben Loory
Performed by Liev Schreiber

"I Go Adventuring" by Helen Keller
Performed by Maggie Siff

"The Secrets of Bats" by Jess Row
Performed by Heather Goldenhersh

Sunday, March 22, 3:00 p.m.
"The Sound of Summer Running" by Ray Bradbury
Performed by Sean Astin

"I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth" by Margaret Atwood
Performed by Kirsten Vangsness

"On the Hill" by Elizabeth Spencer
Performed by Robert Sean Leonard

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Most recently in the series

Selected Shorts 2014: Drama at Dinner
March 22 and 23, 2014
The ever-popular public radio series returned for a weekend of live performance, offering stories revolving around the theme of food—enjoyed, prepared, devoured, or ignored. This literary feast touched on romances and coming of age stories, mysteries, adventures, marital woes, and the cozy complications of family life. Robert Sean Leonard hosted the series and lead a great cast including Jane Kaczmarek, Michael Imperioli, Christopher Lloyd, Joshua Malina, Catherine O'Hara, Christina Pickles, and Amber Tamblyn reading delectable tales set in kitchens, at dinner parties, behind the scenes in restaurants, at family dinner tables, and even a mad hatter's tea party.

Selected Shorts 2013: Passions & Pursuits
March 23 and 24, 2013
The popular public-radio series was back with live performances at the Getty that detailed fictions about our favorite leisure activities. Actors from stage and screen performed stories about the pleasures and travails of all the things we love to do—from baking to ballroom dancing, card-playing to movie-watching, and knitting to sex. 2013's stellar lineup included readings by Leonard Nimoy, Jane Kaczmarek, Robert Sean Leonard, Kate Burton, Alison Pill and more. A collection of works by Etgar Keret, Tess Gallagher, Joyce Carol Oates, John Cheever, and Dorothy Parker were selected to feed your passion for short fiction.

Selected Shorts 2012: Objects of Desire
March 3 and 4, 2012
The hit public-radio series returned for its annual weekend of live performance at the Getty with a great lineup of actors from stage and screen that read funny, passionate, and mysterious classic and modern tales about objects of desire. Historical, religious, magical, humorous, beloved, or bewitched—every object tells a story. Featuring readings by Leonard Nimoy, Corey Stoll, Brian F. O'Byrne, Jane Kaczmarek, Robert Sean Leonard, Isaiah Sheffer, and others, the programs included works by Jonathan Lethem, Raymond Carver, Abigail Thomas, Maeve Brennan, Susan Perabo, and Aimee Bender and more.

Selected Shorts 2011: Delicious Fictions
March 26 and 27, 2011
Leonard Nimoy, Tim Curry, Denis O'Hare, and Josh Radnor lead this year's lineup of terrific actors reading luscious tales of food and passions, politics, mystery, and deep-sea adventure. Classic and new, the stories are set in diverse locales: a shabby Brooklyn kitchen, a submarine off the West African coast, a fancy Manhattan society dinner party, Don Quixote's Karaoke Bar in Oklahoma City, and beyond.

Selected Shorts 2010: At Home
May 1 and 2, 2010
The annual literary series returned in 2010 with a weekend of stories about home. Moving, comical, romantic, heart wrenching, heartwarming, and thought provoking, these readings examined the way we live. Featuring readings by René Auberjonois, Kirsten Vangsness, Fionnula Flanagan, Ed Asner, Jane Kaczmarek, and others, the programs included works by Richard Ford, Miranda July, Yasunari Kawabata, John Updike, and Julie Otsuka, to name a few.

Selected Shorts 2009: Unforgettable Journeys
May 2 and 3, 2009
The 2009 lineup explored destinations real and imaginary, far flung, and close at hand, with journeys featuring wild adventures, comic mishaps, and unexpected encounters. Stories by Todd McEwen, Lorrie Moore, Hunter S. Thompson, Marguerite Yourcenar, and more were read by a distinguished lineup of actors including James Cromwell, Kate Burton, Alec Baldwin, and Fionnula Flanagan, and more.

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