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Selected Shorts 2009: A Celebration of the Short Story
Unforgettable Journeys

Join us for a staycation weekend with Selected Shorts, as the celebrated series returns to the Getty Center with an unforgettable lineup of travel stories. Exploring destinations real and imaginary, far-flung and close at hand, these journeys feature wild adventures, comic mishaps, and unexpected encounters.

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.


Selected Shorts 2009: Program (294 MB)

Please note that readers and stories are subject to change.

Unexpected Adventures: Saturday, May 2, 3:00 p.m.

Getting Away: Saturday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

Uncharted Territories: Sunday, May 3, 3:00 p.m.

Alec Baldwin

Unexpected Adventures

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009
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.

Delightful stories of difficult destinations and vacations gone awry.

"Cary Grant's Suit" by Todd McEwen, performed by James Cromwell (Six Feet Under, Babe)
Cary Grant was the star, but it was his gorgeous trim suit that had the adventures, threading its way through America.

"The Man Who Blew Away" by Beryl Bainbridge, performed by Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds, The Starter Wife)
A quirky tale about a proper Englishman to whom something very unexpected happens while he's vacationing on Corfu.

"Which Is More Than I Can Say About Some People" by Lorrie Moore, performed by Kate Burton (Grey's Anatomy)
A hilarious and moving tale of a mother and daughter's rapprochement while on a vacation together in Ireland.

Kate Burton

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Getting Away

Date: Saturday, May 2, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Tickets $20; $15 students/seniors. This performance is now sold out.

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Travel as quest—for goals high and low.

An excerpt from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, performed by Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
A drug-fueled, hilarious journey to the heart of the American dream—by way of Vegas.

"How Wang-Fo Was Saved" by Marguerite Yourcenar, performed by Fionnula Flanagan (Transamerica, Brotherhood)
A magical retelling of a Japanese legend about an old painter and his disciple who go on a long journey and get into great trouble; will the master's painting get them out of a tight spot?

"The Kugelmass Episode" by Woody Allen, performed by Isaiah Sheffer (artistic director of Symphony Space)
With the aid of a magic cabinet, a dissatisfied professor embarks on a passionate affair with Emma Bovary, heroine of Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. Fantasy and reality soon collide, with hilarious results.

Fionnula Flanagan

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Uncharted Territories

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2009
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.

Three tales of arriving in unexpected places.

"Disco Papa" by Karen Russell, performed by Susanna Thompson (Kings, Dragonfly)
During a family vacation on a cruise ship, a young girl observes her grandfather and discovers his wild, romantic side.

"The First Time I Saw Paris" by Joseph Wechsberg, performed by Rob Morrow (Numb3rs, Quiz Show)
A young man is derailed from his practical studies in 1926 Paris by hawkers, soubrettes, gigolos, and street performers.

"The Mappist" by Barry Lopez, performed by Joe Spano (Navy NCIS, Hill Street Blues)
On a trip to Japan, a young geographer meets a mapmaker and delves into the magical side of the mapmaker's art.

Joe Spano

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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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