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Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story
Returns for its 10th Season at the Getty

Literary Readings by Acclaimed Actors
Presented June 22-24 by the J. Paul Getty Museum, KPCC (89.3 FM), and Symphony Spac

June 7, 2001

Los Angeles--Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story returns to the Getty for its tenth season Friday, June 22-Sunday, June 24. Five performances of classic and new fiction will be read by some of the finest actors of screen, stage, and television including Billy Campbell (Once and Again), James Cromwell (The Green Mile), Jane Curtin (Third Rock from the Sun), Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek), and others. (See list below for complete details.) The series is presented by New York City's Symphony Space, southern California's KPCC Public Radio (89.3 FM), and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

On July 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 10 p.m., KPCC will air these Selected Shorts readings. Later this year, they 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 9 to 10 p.m.

Each performance features short stories based on a different theme: "An Evening with DoubleTake Magazine: Telling Stories in Fiction and Photographs" on June 22 at 8 p.m.; "Fairy Tales--with a Twist: A Program for Children Ages 7 to 11 and Their Adult Friends" on June 23 at 3 p.m.; "Love and Longing in L.A" on June 23 at 8 p.m.; "Landscapes and Women: Three Tales by Guy de Maupassant" (presented in conjunction with the Getty exhibition To Create a Living Art: Nineteenth-Century Drawings) on June 24 at 3 p.m.; and "Notions of Devotion" on June 24 at 7 p.m. Literary highlights include Ethan Canin's "Vivian, Fort Barnwell," John Fante's "The Big Hunger," and selections from the first collections of short stories by film director Marisa Silver and emerging writers Samrat Upadhay and Bill Roorbach.

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 phone 310-440-7300. Children's tickets ($10) are available for the Saturday matinee only.

The Selected Shorts program schedule follows. Actors are subject to change based upon availability.

Friday, June 22, 8 p.m.
An Evening with DoubleTake Magazine: Telling Stories in Fiction and Photographs
Ethan Canin's "Vivian, Fort Barnwell," read by Steve Gilborn (Nurse Betty)
William Maxwell's "Recognition," read by Hector Elizondo (Chicago Hope)
Abigail Thomas' "But It Got Better," read by Joanna Gleason (Bette)
Julia Alvarez's "Neighbors," read by Joanna Gleason
Max Steele's "The Unfound Pig," read by Steve Gilborn
Charles Baxter's "Music for Airports," read by Hector Elizondo

Saturday, June 23, 3 p.m.
Fairy Tales--with a Twist: A Program for Children Ages 7 to 11 and Their Adult Friends
"The Six Sillies," read by Edie McClurg (The Rugrats Movie)
Natalie Babbitt's "The Fortunes of Madame Organza," read by Janel Moloney (The West Wing)
Jane Yolen's "The Baby-Sitter," read by Glenne Headly (Bartleby)
Edith Nesbit's "Melisande," read by Jane Curtin (Third Rock from the Sun)

Saturday, June 23, 8 p.m.
Love and Longing in L.A.
Charles Johnson's "Moving Pictures," read by Rocky Carroll (Chicago Hope)
John Fante's "The Big Hunger," read by Isaiah Sheffer (Symphony Space)
Marisa Silver's "What I Saw from Where I Stood," read by Billy Campbell (Once and Again)

Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.
Landscapes and Women: Three Tales by Guy de Maupassant
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition To Create a Living Art: Nineteenth-Century Drawings
"In the Country," read by Thomas Gibson (Dharma and Greg)
"In the Spring," read by Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
"Mother Savage," read by Jamey Sheridan (Cradle Will Rock)

Sunday, June 24, 7 p.m.
Notions of Devotion
Samrat Upadhay's "The Cooking Poet," read by Leonard Nimoy (Star Trek)
Bill Roorbach's "Big Bend," read by James Cromwell (The Green Mile)

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Symphony Space
America's only community-based arts organization with a nationwide audience, Symphony Space was founded in 1978 on New York City's Upper West Side with its first Wall to Wall marathon dedicated to the music of Johanne Sebastian Bach. Since then, the marathons have become major annual events on the New York City cultural calendar, joined by other signature Symphony Space programs: Bloomsday on Broadway, a marathon reading from James Joyce's Ulysses (presented each June 16) featuring a roster of performers from New York's theatrical and musical communities; and the Selected Shorts series, in which distinguished actors read a variety of short stories. All three signature programs are broadcast annually on National Public Radio.

KPCC 89.3 FM - Southern California Public Radio--reaches more than 300,000 Los Angeles and Orange County listeners with its award-winning local news and talk programming. Public Radio'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 local issues, along with Talk of the Nation, hosted by NPR®'s Juan Williams.

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