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News Stars Gets Literary for Great Writers Series in Los Angeles Through June 30 Ed Harris, Lou Diamond Phillips, Julianna Margulies, Justin Kirk, Gil Bellows, Peter Sarsgaard, Christopher McDonald, D.B. Sweeney, Richard Schiff, Dana Delany, Stacy Keach, Rob Morrow and Jeremy Piven are among the stars who will take part in The Great Writers Series in Los Angeles through June.

Darrell Larson and Cedering Fox produce and direct the reading series featuring literary works of the American West. All of the events will perform at The MET Theatre with the exception of two evenings (June 22 and 23) at the Autry National Center.

The lineup (subject to change) is as follows:

June 2: The Storyteller

  • "War Party” by Louis L'Amour. Read by Lyndon Smith.
  • "Let The Cards Decide" by Louis L'Amour. Read by Xander Berkeley.
  • "To Make A Stand" by Louis L'Amour. Read by Gregg Henry.
  • "One Night Stand" by Louis L'Amour. Read by Scott Paulin.
  • "Top Hand" by Luke Short. Read by W. Earl Brown. June 8: The Popularizer and the Preacher

  • "Riders of the Purple Sage," chapter 15,  by Zane Grey. Read by Ed Harris.
  • "The Last of the Plainsmen," chapter 2, by Zane Grey. Read by Bobby Knott.
  • "The Ox-Bow Incident," chapter 4, by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. Read by Gil Bellows.


    June 9: The Professionals
  • "The Vengeance of Padre Arroyo" by Gertrude Atherton. Read by Miguel Sandoval.
  • "Naked Gun" by John Jakes. Read by Christopher McDonald.
  • "I Never Saw A Buffalo" by Frank Roderus. Read by Kane Richotte.
  • "Scout Patrol" by Ernest Haycox. Read by Anson Mount..
  • "The Death(s) of Billy The Kid" by Arthur Winfield Knight. Read by Allison Gammon, Kamala Lopez, Deborah Puette, Miguel Sandoval, Silas Weir Mitchell, Darin Cooper.  June 15: The Master

  • "The Tonto Woman" by Elmore Leonard. Read by Lou Diamond Phillips.
  • "The Kid" by Elmore Leonard. Read by William Schallert.
  • "Hurrah for Captain Early" by Elmore Leonard.
  • "Saint with a Six-Gun" by Elmore Leonard. Read by Troy Garity.  June 16: The Womenfolk

  • "Sweet Cactus Wine" by Marcia Muller. Read by Lee Purcell.
  • "Journey to the Fort" by Dorothy M. Johnson. Read by Sheila Kelley.
  • "I  Woke Up Wicked" by Dorothy M. Johnson. Read by Peter Sarsgaard.
  • "A Time of Greatness" by Dorothy M. Johnson. Read by Scott Terra.
  • "Death Comes For The Archbishop" by Willa Cather. Read by Shirley Knight.
  • "Cabin Fever" by Dorothy Scarborough. Read by Julianna Margulies. June 22: The Round-Up at the Autry (Night one):

  • "Charity" by Sandy Whiting. Read by Mariette Hartley.
  • "Laureano's Wall" by Mike Blakely.Read by Mike Blakely.
  • "River Watch" by Lori Van Pelt. Read by Frances Fisher.
  • "The Burial of Letty Strayhorn" by Elmer Kelton. Read by D.B. Sweeney. June 23: The Round-Up at the Autry (Night two)

  • "A Piano at Dead Man's Crossing" by Johnny D. Boggs. Read by Richard Schiff.
  • "The Attack on the Mountain" by Glendon Swarthout. Read by Bruce Boxleitner.
  • "Reunion" by Lenore Carroll. Read by Dana Delany.
  • "Indian Fighter" by Brian Garfield. Read by Stacy Keach. June 29: The Modern Classics

  • "Welcome To Hard Times," chapter 1, by E.L. Doctorow. Read by Rob Morrow.
  • "Blood Meridian" by Cormac MacCarthy.
  • "Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry. Read by Jamey Sheridan.
  • "True Grit" by Charles Portis. Read by Brooke Adams. June 30: Way Out West

  • "Collected Works of Billy the Kid" by Michael Ondaatje. Read by Justin Kirk.
  • "Thirty Head of Killers" by Jesse Shepard. Read by Jesse Shepard.
  • "God's Country," chapters 13 and 14, by Percival Everett. Read by Percival Everett.
  • "Ghost Town" by Robert Coover. Read by David Clennon.
  • "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" by Ron Hansen. Read by Jeremy Piven. Tickets for the Great Writers Series are available through the MET box office, (323) 957-1152. Performances are at the MET Theatre, 1089 N. Oxford Avenue in Hollywood, CA and at the Autry National Center Museum of the American West Wells Fargo Theatre. For more information, visit

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