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Selected Shorts 2008: A Celebration of the Short Story
A Mysterious Weekend

Join us for a mysterious weekend with Selected Shorts, as the celebrated series returns to the Getty Center with a dashing lineup of elegant crime tales and gritty, hardboiled detective stories. 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.

Please note that readers and stories are subject to change.

The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps: Friday, May 2, 8:00 p.m.

The Best American Mystery Stories: Saturday, May 3, 8:00 p.m.

Dangerous Women: Sunday, May 4, 3:00 p.m.

Hattie Winston

The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps

Date: Friday, May 2, 2008
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below to buy tickets online.

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This evening features classic stories from the twenties and thirties, the great age of pulp mystery magazines like Black Mask.

"The Creeping Siamese" by Dashiell Hammett , read by John Shea (Gossip Girl, Lois & Clark)
The Continental Op gets his man in this Hammett classic.

"A Shock for the Countess" by C.S. Montanye, read by Fionnula Flanagan (Transamerica, Brotherhood)
Intrigue in the Alps.

"One, Two, Three" by Paul Cain, read by Arthur Morey (audiobook of Richard Russo's Bridge of Sighs)
A private dick tries to cut into a big roll.

John Shea

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The Best American Mystery Stories

Date: Saturday, May 3, 2008
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Admission: Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors. This performance is now sold out.

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Modern mysteries that will have you holding your breath.

"Improvisation" by Ed McBain, read by Isaiah Sheffer (co-founder and artistic director of Symphony Space)
Two tall and willowy sisters are up to no good.

"Gleason" by Louise Erdrich, read by Robert Sean Leonard (House, M.D.)
"We're going for a little walk," said the boy with gun.

"Going, Going, Gone" by Peter Blauner, read by Keith Szarabajka (The Equalizer)
Missing child on the Coney Island-bound F train.

Robert Sean Leonard

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Dangerous Women

Date: Sunday, May 4, 2008
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Admission: Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below to buy tickets online.

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An evening of crime stories by women.

"The Summer People" by Shirley Jackson, read by Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Boston Legal)
Spooky goings-on at a country cottage.

"The Purple is Everything" by Dorothy Salisbury Davis, read by Christina Pickles (St. Elsewhere)
A passion for a painting goes wildly awry.

"Country Lovers" by Nadine Gordimer, read by Hattie Winston (Becker)
Forbidden love on a South African farm.

Christina Pickles

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Selected Shorts: A Celebration of the Short Story is produced by New York's Symphony Space and presented by the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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