One of the coolest events on the literary calendar in L.A. is the annual Selected Shorts reading series produced by the New York Symphony Space at the Getty Center (which is subsequently released as a podcast). Since the inaugural reading in 2009, where James Cromwell, Kate Burton, and Alec Baldwin read stories by authors such as Hunter S. Thompson, Lorrie Moore, and Marguerite Yourcenar, the series has hosted one star-studded lineup after another presenting literary vignettes from the treasure trove of American literature. Each year, Selected Shorts operates under a theme and this year’s “Tales After Dark” offers a fantastic exploration of the moon, a blind woman’s adventures in a mysterious Manhattan, a wild holiday party during a blizzard, a lonely motel on a deserted road, a rendezvous at a bar on a Parisian side street, and more.
Hosted by actor Robert Sean Leonard, this year’s readers include Sean Astin, Wren T. Brown, Wyatt Cenac, Heather Goldenhersh, Jane Kaczmarek, Christina Pickles, Liev Schreiber, Kirsten Vangsness, and a couple of still-to-be-announced names. Check out the schedule below:
Saturday, March 21, 3:00 p.m.
“Interior Design” by Dolan Morgan
Performed by Wyatt Cenac
“In the Bed Department” by Anne Enright
Performed by Christina Pickles
“The Architecture of the Moon” by Joe Meno
Performed by Wren T. Brown
Saturday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.
“Awake” by Jenny Allen
Performed by Jane Kaczmarek
“The TV” by Ben Loory
Performed by Liev Schreiber
“The Secrets of Bats” by Jess Row
Performed by Heather Goldenhersh
Sunday, March 22, 3:00 p.m.
“The Sound of Summer Running” by Ray Bradbury
Performed by Sean Astin
“I Dream of Zenia with the Bright Red Teeth” by Margaret Atwood
Performed by Kirsten Vangsness
“On the Hill” by Elizabeth Spencer
Performed by Robert Sean Leonard