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Selected Shorts 2007
Where We Live: Fictions of America

Date: Friday, February 9, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 10, 8:00 p.m. (sold out)
Sunday, February 11, 3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

Enjoy the best of classic and new short fiction in this annual literary series featuring readings by accomplished actors of stage and screen.

From a classic tale of a family quarrel in a Southern town to a tragicomic saga of a Native American mystery novelist grappling with the intricacies of identity, the series presents the American scene in all its complexity and hilarity, with stories chosen to complement the photographs in the current exhibition Where We Live: Photographs of America from the Berman Collection.

Produced by New York's Symphony Space and presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Please note that readers are subject to change.

February 9: Side Trips and Revelations

February 10: Men of the West

February 11: Winding Creeks and Angels in the Backyard

Robert Sean Leonard

Side Trips and Revelations
Friday, February 9, 8:00 p.m.

Journey to the South and New England with compelling characters who are are on the road looking for answers.

"Why I Live at the P.O." by Eudora Welty, read by Stockard Channing
A darkly hilarious monologue about sibling rivalry by a master of Southern fiction.

"Storytelling" by Mary Gordon, read by Lindsay Crouse
Is there a cure for writer's block?

"The Apology" by Brock Clarke, read by Stephen Lang
The power—and failure—of an apology.

Stockard Channing

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Men of the West
Saturday, February 10, 8:00 p.m.

Sold Out

Western men go on the road to make amends and start their lives anew.

"Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses" by Luis Alberto Urrea, read by Robert Sean Leonard
A white man mourns his Sioux wife.

"Indian Country" by Sherman Alexie, read by John Lithgow
A Native American mystery writer confronts the Gordian knot of Indian identity.

John Lithgow

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Winding Creeks and Angels in the Backyard
Sunday, February 11, 3:00 p.m.

Awesome adventures and wild imaginings in the great outdoors.

"It Had Wings" by Allan Gurganus, read by Isaiah Sheffer
A woman happens on a displaced angel in her backyard.

"The Canoeists" by Rick Bass, read by Neil Patrick Harris
Young lovers adrift on a river, and in the world.

"Ava Wrestles the Alligator" by Karen Russell, read by Rachel Griffiths
Sexuality as a big scaly beast.

Neil Patrick Harris

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How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Parking is $8. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.