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Upcoming Appearances and Projects

Greenway Arts Alliance Presents Front Door Open

Front Door Open, a play by Tom Baum, will have its world premiere at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles in November. David Selby has signed on to appear.

According to Broadway World, in the play, "a housebound woman confronts the enabling role played by her surgeon husband (who is coping with his waning powers and fear of aging). When the woman's psychologist daughter and teenage granddaughter pay her a surprise visit, the entire family employs various strategies, both comic and dramatic, to deal with their hangups, quirks, and disabilities."

Front Door Open is slated to run from November 13 through December 13 and is directed by Assad Kelada.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.


EqualsDavid Selby will appear in Equals, an upcoming futuristic film from producer Ridley Scott, director Drake Doremus, and writer Nathan Parker. Filming took place in Japan and Singapore in the summer of 2014. Other performers attached to the project include Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Nicholas Hoult (X-Men), and Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3).

According to Variety, "Equals is set in a world where there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, activating depression, sensitivity, fear, love — and once a person is overtaken, they are sent away and never seen again." 

Additional information about the film will be posted as it becomes available. It should be released in 2015-2016.

The film was recently reviewed by Variety at the Venice Film Festival.


New Releases

New Books

Light and Shadows by David SelbyTwo new books by David Selby were released in March 2015.

Light and Shadows
collects the poems/songs that David has performed at recent Dark Shadows gatherings:

David Selby began his television acting career portraying Quentin Collins in the daytime serial Dark Shadows in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Appearing first as a ghost in modern times and later as a living person under a werewolf curse in the 1800s, Quentin was a complex, evolving character who lived in both the light and the shadows as the supernatural series shifted its storylines across the centuries.

Light and Shadows presents a collection of original poems and song lyrics composed by Selby that have been influenced by not only his Dark Shadows days but also his experiences and emotions in life away from show business. He explores the joys and sorrows of the real world imbued with a sense of gratitude, a touch of whimsy and a resounding hope for the future.

Dozens of rare and previously unpublished photos from Selby's life and career are included.

Personalized signed copies of Light and Shadows are available now.

Promises of Love by David SelbyPromises of Love, a work of fiction, was released on March 20. Paperback copies may be ordered from Amazon. The Kindle version of the novel is available for immediate download. Personalized signed copies of Promises of Love are available through this web site.

Here is a description of the book from the publisher, Headline Books:

A product of usually beautiful but sometimes cruel southern Appalachia, Daniel Friend overcomes poverty, abuse, and personal tragedy to establish an identity. Inspired by the strength and love of his older sister, he realizes the power of education to lead him to a life he has imagined for himself--the pinnacle of his ambition is to graduate from Harvard University. That he does not get this opportunity, devastating as it is to his life plan, does not prevent him from becoming a beloved doctor, loving husband and father. Although well-meaning, he stumbles in his relationship with his two children as he tries to interject his own preferences into their lives. A deeply felt story of love, the novel examines the boundaries of a family, of its secrets, of the complex web family relationships can weave. Finally, the novel examines the damage that abandonment, poverty, and childhood neglect can do to a human personality, damage that sometimes cannot be overcome.

Dark Shadows: The Best of Quentin

Dark Shadows: The Best of QuentinMPI Home Video released a "Best of Quentin" Dark Shadows DVD compilation in August 2015 as part of its Dark Shadows: The Greatest Episodes collection. An Anqelique compilation was also released. "Best of Barnabas" and "Fan Favorites" DVD compilations were released in 2012.

The "Best of Quentin" DVD includes the following episodes:

#694: In 1969, the Collins family abandons Collinwood, which is haunted by the ghost of Quentin Collins.
#714: In the year 1897, Quentin learns his family's fate with the reading of his grandmother's will.
#722: Angelique resurrects Quentin as a zombie, who then possesses young Jamison.
#786: Under a werewolf curse, Quentin recites “Shadows of the Night” in Charity Trask's nightmare.
#836: In 1969, the ghost of Beth Chavez reveals how Quentin died in 1897.
#905: Closely resembling Quentin, Grant Douglas appears in Collinsport, suffering from amnesia.
#984: During Parallel Time 1970, Quentin and his bride Maggie struggle with the supernatural.
#1065: In 1995. Barnabas Collins and Dr. Julia Hoffman discover Quentin has gone insane.
#1129: In 1840, Quentin reveals to Barnabas the history of the evil warlock Judah Zachary.

The DVD is available now from online retailers including Amazon.com

Earl Hamner Storyteller

Earl Hamner, the creative force behind The Waltons and Falcon Crest, is the subject of a new documentary titled Earl Hamner Storyteller.

David Selby is among the many actors who were interviewed for the film. David first worked on an Earl Hamner project when he appeared in an episode of The Waltons as Olivia Walton's art teacher in the 1970s. (View screen grabs in the Photos section of the site.) He teamed up with Hamner in the 1980s as Richard Channing on Falcon Crest. (Images are available in the Photos section.) 

On Friday, February 6, a private screening of Earl Hamner Storyteller was held at UCLA, and David Selby attended along with numerous actors from The Waltons, Falcon Crest, and other Earl Hamner projects. Photographs are featured on the Earl Hamner Storyteller Facebook page. The image embedded above features David Selby, Earl Hamner, Susan Sullivan, and William R. Moses.

Information about pre-ordering a DVD of Earl Hamner Storyteller is posted here

David Selby and Susan SullivanNew Dark Shadows Audio Dramas from Big Finish

David continues to reprise the role of Quentin Collins in Big Finish's ongoing series of new Dark Shadows audio dramas.

Dark Shadows: Panic, released in May 2015, sees David reuniting with his Falcon Crest co-star Susan Sullivan. Though David was not a series regular at the time, Susan Sullivan did make a brief appearance in an early episode of Dark Shadows as a ghost, so she is actually a Dark Shadows alum.

In Panic, Sullivan portrays Lela Quick, a new character created for the audio range.

Listen to the trailer for Dark Shadows: Panic below. Click the links above to visit the Big Finish site and listen to trailers from other productions.


Recent Appearances and Projects

L.A. Theatre Works Presents Judgment at Nuremberg

L.A. Theatre Works kicked off its 2015-2016 seaon with performances of Judgment at Nuremberg, Abby Mann's adaptation of his 1961 Academy-Award-winning screenplay. The story centers on the American-led military tribunal responsible for determining the fates of German judges accused of committing war crimes against the German people under the Nazi regime.

L.A. Theatre Works radio plays are performed in front of live audiences with live sound effects and recorded for eventual broadcast online and on national public radio. Actors stand in front of microphones without costumes, sets, or choreography, relying solely on their voices to convey their characters.

Alongside David Selby, the cast of Judgment at Nuremberg included Harry Hamlin, Alan Mandell, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Michael Canavan, Jake Green, Shannon Holt, James Morrison, Kate Steele, Nick Toren and John Vickery. (LATW casts are subject to change due to professional commitments.)

Performances of Judgment at Nuremberg took place at the James Bridges Theater at UCLA on Thursday, September 24, through Sunday, September 27.

Where Hollywood Hides Podcast

David was interviewed earlier this year by Bob McCullough and Suzanne Herrera McCullough for their Where Hollywood Hides podcast. David worked with the McCulloughs on Falcon Crest and Soldier of Fortune, Inc.

Visit the Where Hollywood Hides site for more information about the interview. Click here for direct access to the podcast via iTunes.

The Lincoln Tribute

150th Anniversary of Lincoln AssassinationApril 2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. To commemorate the event, Ford's Theatre held a round-the-clock tribute on April 14-15.

On Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 PM ET, Now He Belongs to the Ages: A Lincoln Commemoration took place at Ford's Theatre. The event included readings of Lincoln’s words and stories, Civil War-era music, and excerpts from Lincoln’s favorite theatre and operas, and more. Participants included General Colin Powell, Julian Bond, Judy Collins, Eugene Robinson, Harold Holzer, and James Swanson.

As one of the few actors to have portrayed Abraham Lincoln on the stage of Ford's Theatre, David Selby was invited to participate in this event, giving voice to Lincoln's words throughout the evening.

Only a limited number of tickets were made available to the general public for Now He Belongs to the Ages, and they were quickly claimed; however, the event was live-streamed online and at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery.

Photos from the event are posted on the Ford's Theatre Facebook page. General Colin Powell has also posted photos on his Facebook page.

On Wednesday, April 15, at 7:22 AM ET, the anniversary of the moment of President Lincoln's death at the Petersen House, across the street from Ford's Theatre, a wreath-laying ceremony took place. David Selby participated in the wreath-laying ceremony, reciting Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My Captain!"

The wreath-laying ceremony was broadcast live on C-SPAN2 and is archived on the C-SPAN web site. Click here to view it.


L.A. Theatre Works' 40th Anniversary Gala

L.A. Theatre Works 40th Anniversary GalaOn Wednesday, March 25, David took part in an event marking the 40th anniversary of L.A. Theatre Works at the Beverly Hilton.

L.A. Theatre Works produces audio dramas which are recorded in front of live audiences for later broadcast on public radio stations and via online streaming and eventual sale as CDs and digital downloads. These programs are also made accessible to schools and libraries.

For additional information about the event, please visit the L.A. Theatre Works web site.

Be sure to check the Airdates section of this site for information about upcoming L.A. Theatre Works broadcasts.


2014 Dark Shadows Festival Weekend

The 2014 Dark Shadows Festival Weekend was held on June 28 and 29 in Tarrytown, New York. David Selby attended. Other original series cast members on the guest list included Lara Parker, Christopher Pennock, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Sharon Smyth, James Storm, and Marie Wallace. Nancy Barrett was unable to attend due to a family obligation. John Karlen was unable to attend due to health issues but he recorded a video greeting to be shown in his absence.

The festivities began on Saturday, June 28, at Lyndhurst, the home used as Collinwood in the first two Dark Shadows films, House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows. David presented a musical tribute to the fans accompanied by his wife, Chip, on piano and by James Storm on guitar. Other events included a charity auction and a cast reunion and Q & A session. Prior to his performance, David was available for autographs inside the stables. Following his on-stage events and a small gathering inside the mansion, he was available for autographs at a table outside the stables, and he stayed until the line ended.

On Sunday, June 29, events moved to the DoubleTree Tarrytown Hotel. The day was scheduled to begin with a luncheon with the Dark Shadows actors and to conclude with autographs. David arrived early to sign autographs before the luncheon in order to accommodate as many fans as possible. The luncheon program included a musical performance by James Storm and a comic book reading by Christopher Pennock. Following the luncheon, David signed autographs alongside his castmates.

Unfortunately, over the course of the weekend, several of David's books sold out. If you were unable to attend the event or attended and were not able to get the books that you wanted, please visit the Books section of this site. Books sold through this site are signed by David, and he will personalize them to whomever you specify when you order.

Thank you to the event organizers and to everyone who attended this event.


A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance

David Selby reunited with his Falcon Crest co-star Susan Sullivan in a production of Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The play was directed by Robin Larsen.

A Delicate Balance
premiered in 1966, and Albee received the first of his three Pulitzer Prizes for this play. Upper-middle-class couple Agnes and Tobias and Agnes' sister Claire find their lives disrupted by the arrival of unexpected guests. Susan and David portrayed Agnes and Tobias.

Production photographs from the play are posted on the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble Facebook page.

The play opened on April 26 May 3 and closed on June 15.

David and Susan previously appeared together on stage in a performance of A. R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Apollo Theatre in Martinsburg, West Virginia in October 2003.

Read what the reviewers said about A Delicate Balance:

Additional media coverage:

  • Riefe, Jordan. '"Falcon Crest' Stars Reunited But Still Squabbling in Edward Albee's 'A Delicate Balance.'" The Hollywood Reporter 8 May 2014.

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, David Selby and Susan Sullivan appeared on Good Day L.A. to discuss A Delicate Balance.

In early January 2015, ArtsinLa.com announced the winners of its annual Sage Awards. A Delicate Balance was recognized with six awards for direction, sets, and lighting as well as performances by O-Lan Jones, David Selby, Susan Sullivan.

The 46th Annual L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards were presented on Monday, March 16, 2015. A Delicate Balance received the McCulloh Award for Revival, an award recognizing plays written between 1920 and 1980.

A Delicate Balance was nominated for six Stage Raw Theater Awards, including Ensemble, Leading Male Performance (David Selby), Supporting Female Performance (Deborah Puette), Direction (Robin Larsen), Lighting Design (Leigh Allen), and Revival Production of the Year (of a 20th- or 21st-century work).

The Stage Raw Theater Awards ceremony was held on Monday, April 13, 2015, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. David Selby won for Leading Male Performance. He was unable to attend the ceremony due to other obligations.