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Selected Shorts 2005
The Love Story Weekend

Date: Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22
Time: Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Tickets $20; students/seniors $15. Call (310) 440-7300 for tickets.

Affairs of the heart take center stage in this special edition of Selected Shorts.

Hear actors of stage and screen read short fiction that is sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious.

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

Singles Scenes (Friday, May 20)

Marital Matters (Saturday, May 21)

Breakups, Makeups, and Wakeups (Sunday, May 22)

William H. Macy

Singles Scenes
Friday, May 20, 8:00 p.m.

"Cultural Relativity" by Charles Johnson, read by Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire)
A wacky story of college students in love and what happens when you kiss a prince.

"Mother's Son" by Tessa Hadley, read by Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog, 24, The Exorcism of Emily Rose)
A divorced mother advises her college-age son on affairs of the heart.

"The Lone Pilgrim" by Laurie Colwin, read by Susanna Thompson (Still Life, The Ballad of Jack and Rose)
A New York artist longs for love and domesticity but is tied to the pleasures of the single life.

Regina King

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Marital Matters
Saturday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.

"Wife-Wooing" by John Updike, read by Alec Baldwin (The Aviator, Glengarry Glen Ross)
A couple with three kids and little time for romance, find it.

"1919" by Julie Otsuka, read by Dawn Akemi Saito (Blood Cherries, A Face of Our Own)
In 1919, a group of Japanese picture brides journey with great excitement and trepidation to meet their husbands in America.

"The Paring Knife" by Michael Oppenheimer, read by Steven Gilborn (Formosa, Ellen)
A husband and wife recollect a long-ago fight.

"A Serious Question" by V.S. Pritchett, read by Michael York (Cabaret, Austin Powers)
A long-married couple experience a magical moment in which their passion is almost reignited.

Alec Baldwin

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Breakups, Makeups, and Wakeups
Sunday, May 22, 3:00 p.m.

"Part of the Story" by Stephen Dobyns, read by Isaiah Sheffer (artistic director of Symphony Space)
A wild and wacky story of a woman whose children from different relationships unite and confront her.

"Fatso" by Etgar Keret, read by William H. Macy (The Cooler, Fargo)
Night brings an unexpected change in this offbeat romance.

"The Night Bookmobile" by Audrey Niffenegger, read by Christina Pickles (Friends, Grace of My Heart, Legends of the Fall)
A woman leaves romance behind to pursue her love of books and reading.

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