Some Additional Holiday Thoughts

Just watched the most painful segment on 60 Minutes about people in Cleveland where their homes are underwater. . . . They owe more than the houses are worth. I simply am at a loss for how such people are being treated. It makes one so angry, and, yet, you feel so helpless to help them, but we MUST! All the tears will not help them. All the words won’t help.

This afternoon, I saw the Ford’s Theatre production of A Christmas Carol. It was wonderful. It should tour every town in America. Grown men were crying, as was I. Scrooge sees the light! It should be seen by every bank official in this country. It is not so much the individuals at the banks as it is the institution that is earning the cold reputation of Scrooge. Will these institutions find the compassion that Scrooge found? Will they look back on their histories and find their souls?

It is hard to understand why banks will foreclose and not attempt to lower the principal that is owed to them. Instead, they let the houses stand empty — soon to be looted of anything that has any value, thus driving the value of the house toward zero while creating another homeless family. I was fortunate to grow up in a home, a house that cost $5,000 — a house that my father built with help from his father and from my mother. I remember the payment that Mom would make out each month to the bank. That house gave me some sense of security. I was taught to respect the house, my home, to do right by it, to be a good boy in it, to be proud of it.

A house without people is nothing but a house, no different than the other foreclosed houses. It is the people that make the life of a house, that make the cold floors warm, the stale smells, sweet. What about the value of family, of loved ones, of children with their cries and shouts of joy? I cannot believe there is not a way to save these houses and, thus, the people that give them life. Knowing what has been done, what can we now do? There is not a more timely play to be seen than A Christmas Carol. Perhaps Scrooge can light the path of compassion.

Again, have a lovely and loving holiday.


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2011/2012 Holiday Message

David Selby

Deck The Halls premieres on TNT Dec. 20th 9pm ET/PT

Hello all and a merry, merry, holiday to each of you and your loved ones.

It is hard, to say the least, to read and see the turmoil across the world. . . man’s inhumanity to man. It is hard to see people turned out of their homes. With a middle class that is fragile, with abuses continuing in Medicare and Welfare, in Congress, in city halls across the country, on Wall Street, with an ex-governor and others padding their own pockets. . . it is hard not to be skeptical about what lies ahead. Can we all pull together and make this a country that will show the world that, yes, we can govern ourselves, we are not a house divided, we are the UNITED States of America?

Taking a line from a new play I am about to start rehearsal on in DC — “Knowing what we have done, what can we not do?” I have not done enough in my life to help others. . . I suppose the most an actor can wish is that some enjoyment be gotten from the plays, the films, the television shows. I have been fortunate to participate in so many and see the satisfaction many of those shows have brought to people (a couple of plays closed after one night and a couple of films. . . well). Like many of you, I look forward to seeing the new Tim Burton-Johnny Depp Dark Shadows film.

So — knowing that none of us can simply decree the world to be what we want it to be, what do you say to taking a day off from the newspaper, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, FOX – and all the other media? Don’t tweet, don’t check Facebook, put the cell phone on vibrate — not power off because your mother may call or son or daughter or dear friend — just take a quiet moment to be thankful for life because it can be so very wonderful.

AND, tune in on Dec. 20th at 9pm to TNT for Deck The Halls. Also, if you happen to be in DC, in January or February, come by Ford’s Theatre for Necessary Sacrifices.

There is no way for me to adequately express my appreciation to those who have supported me over the years. I’m sitting at my computer looking out at the ocean, the sun is bright with a slight chill in the air. . . and my wife and I have four glorious grandchildren. Can grandchildren be anything but glorious? How blessed I am.

My love to you all and let us each do what we can for peace, freedom, equality, and progress. And may our hearts be touched “as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature.”


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Thoughts on the New Dark Shadows Movie

Hello to all who have inquired about the new Dark Shadows film.

First of all, let me say, being a devotee of the the films of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, I am delighted they are making a film of Dark Shadows. They did not take this on lightly. It is a film, I’m sure, they have thought about for many years. Way, way back when, a decade or so ago, I had suggested to Dan Curtis, as I know David Kennedy and Jim Pierson did, that Johnny Depp would be great for a DS film. To my thinking, Dark Shadows could not be in better hands.

The fans of Dark Shadows should have no doubt about the talent and commitment Burton and Depp will bring to the project. You know that they will not commence filming until they have a script they are satisfied with. Dark Shadows needs a fresh approach, and I, like all of you, can’t wait to see the final product because I know it will be wonderful. And—yes!—I would love a cameo. Whatever, I will buy my ticket the first week it is out.

Take care,

Webmaster’s Note: In June 2011, David Selby, along with other members of the original Dark Shadows cast, flew to England to film cameos in the new Dark Shadows movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins. You can see cameos by Jonathan Frid (Barnabas Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique), Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans), and David Selby (Quentin Collins) when the Dark Shadows movie opens in May 2012. (Date subject to change.)

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