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Upcoming Appearances and Projects

Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Celebration

Dark Shadows premiered on June 27, 1966. To mark the show's 50th anniversary, the Dark Shadows Festival will hold a Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Celebration on June 24-26, 2016, in Tarrytown, New York, a filming location for the first two motion pictures based on the series, House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows.

Most Festival events will be held at the Tarrytown DoubleTree Hotel with additional events at the Lyndhurst Estate, which served as Collinwood on film, and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which was also featured in the films.

The tentative guest list includes:

Nancy Barrett
(Carolyn Stoddard)
Donna McKechnie
(Amanda Harris)
David Selby
(Quentin Collins)
Nick Besink
(Video Engineer)
Daniel Morgan
(Stage Manager)
Sharon Smyth
(Sarah Collins)
Robert Cobert
(Composer)
Lara Parker
(Angelique)
James Storm
(Gerard Stiles)
Kathleen Cody
(Hallie Stokes)
Christopher Pennock
(Jeb Hawkes)
Marie Wallace
(Eve)
Roger Davis
(Peter Bradford)
Henry Plimack
(Audio Engineer)
Donna Wandrey
(Roxanne Drew)
John Karlen
(Willie Loomis)
Mitchell Ryan
(Burke Devlin)
 
Jerry Lacy
(Rev. Trask)
Kathryn Leigh Scott
(Maggie Evans)
 

Please note that appearances are subject to change due to personal and professional commitments.

For registration information, please visit the Dark Shadows Festival web site.

Additional information about the event schedule and accommodations has been provided by ShadowGram

Update (04-09-16): Events at the Doubletree Hotel on Saturday and Sunday are now sold out. Space still remains for Friday night's events at the Doubletree Hotel and for the Friday morning/afternoon visit to the Lyndhurst Estate. Consult the ShadowGram update for more details.

Update (05-08-16): Although events at the Doubletree on Saturday and Sunday are sold out, the Festival is now offering complimentary passes for Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for those who register for Friday's events. Please consult the ShadowGram update for more details. In addition, MPI Home Video, the company responsible for the release of Dark Shadows on DVD, is offering fans the opportunity to win tickets and hotel accommodations to the Dark Shadows Festival. Visit the sweepstakes page to enter. Entries must be received by Thursday, June 9, at 12:00 PM ET.

Update (06-19-16): According to ShadowGram Update #382, Mitchell Ryan, Kathleen Cody, and Robert Cobert will be unable to attend. The following members of the Dark Shadows production staff have been added to the list: video engineer Nick Besink, stage manager Daniel Morgan, and audio engineer Henry Plimack. In addition, the following policy has been announced regarding autographs:

Throughout the weekend, the DS actors will be available to sign autographs at tables in the hotel corridors adjacent to the ballroom. There is no charge for guest signatures. Fans may purchase photographs, books and other DS materials to be autographed. Please Note: There is a limit of 2 autographs per person per each visit with a guest, with the exception of items purchased from the guests. Your cooperation is appreciated so every fan has a fair chance to greet our guests. Thank you.

Equals

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." 

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

The first theatrical trailer for the film was released on April 18, 2016. David appears very briefly in it. The trailer can be viewed below.

 

The film premiered in the United States in April 2016 at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will be released in American theaters on July 15, 2016.

For additional information about Equals, please visit:

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

SmartassSmartass

In 2015, David Selby shot a role in the independent film Smartass, directed by Jena Serbu and starring Joey King as Freddie, a 15-year-old runaway. David's character is Herman.

For more information, visit the film's official web site and official Facebook page.

Additional details will be posted here as they become available.
  

New Releases

Rich KidsRich Kids

In 1979, David appeared in the film Rich Kids, directed by Robert M. Young and produced by Robert Altman.

The film stars Trini Alvarado and Jeremy Levy as Franny and Jamie, two kids trying to sort out their own journeys into adulthood as the issues presented by their parents' relationships spill over into their lives. The film's strong ensemble cast features John Lithgow, Kathryn Walker, Terry Kiser, Roberta Maxwell, and Paul Dooley.

David's character, Steve Sloan, is involved with Franny's mother, Madeline Phillips, portrayed by Kathryn Walker.

Rich Kids was released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time ever on May 24, 2016. Both the DVD and Blu-ray are available from online retailers such as Amazon.

Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Collector's EditionDark Shadows 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition

To mark the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Dark Shadows on ABC, MPI Home Video released a special Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Collector's Edition DVD set.

This 6-disc compilation includes the previously released The Vampire Curse, The Haunting of Collinwood, Fan Favorites, Best of Barnabas, Best of Angelique, and Best of Quentin. It features 38 complete episodes and 2 movie-length presentations of popular Dark Shadows stories. Special features include new episode introductions by David Selby (Quentin), Lara Parker (Angelique) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie), and exclusive video interviews with Jonathan Frid and David Selby. The set includes over 19 hours of content.

It was released on June 14, 2016 and may be ordered from Amazon.

Touched By An Angel: The Complete SeriesTouched by an Angel: The Complete Series

In 1998, David Selby made a guest appearance in Touched by an Angel portraying Abraham Lincoln. The episode was filmed shortly after the death of David's mother, and he writes about it in My Mother's Autumn.

The episode, "Beautiful Dreamer," has previously been available on DVD as part of the Touched by an Angel: The Sixth Season release. It is also included in the new Touched by an Angel: The Complete Series DVD set, which includes all 211 episodes of the series on 59 discs.

Touched by an Angel: The Complete Series was released in February 2016 and is available from Amazon.

Latest Books by David Selby

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.

New 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. In December 2015, Big Finish announced their plans to mark the show's 50th anniversary in 2016.

Dark Shadows: Blood and FireDark Shadows: Blood and Fire is a 50th anniversary full-cast audio drama starring Lara Parker and Joanna Going, who portrayed Victoria Winters in the 1991 Dark Shadows primetime series on NBC. Actors from the original Dark Shadows series joining the cast, in addition to Parker, include Kathryn Leigh Scott, Mitchell Ryan, James Storm, Lisa Richards, Christopher Pennock, Marie Wallace, Nancy Barrett, David Selby, Jerry Lacy, and John Karlen.

The story takes place in 1767 with Laura Stockbridge Collins, portrayed by Joanna Going stepping into a role originated by Diana Millay, preparing to marry Joshua Collins. Lara Parker reprises the role of the witch Angelique Bouchard. For Blood and Fire, David Selby takes a break from the role of Quentin Collins, instead portraying Theodore Collins.

Dark Shadows: Blood and Fire will be released in June 2016 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the original television series. Click here to listen to the trailer and to order the audio drama from Big Finish Productions.

Dark Shadows: Echoes of the PastDuring Dark Shadows' 50th anniversary month, Big Finish Productions also plans to release Dark Shadows: Echoes of the Past, an audiobook including four stories read by original series actors Jerry Lacy, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, and Lara Parker.

David will reprise the role of Quentin Collins in "The Missing Reel." ("Old Acquaintance," which was originally slated to be part of this collection, will be released later this year.)

Additional stories feature Maggie Evans' encounter with a ghost, Angelique's being forced to write a confession for the rest of time, and Reverend Trask's first exorcism.

Dark Shadows: Echoes of the Past will be released in June 2016. Click here to pre-order the audiobook from Big Finish productions.

Recent Appearances and Projects

The City of ConversationThe City of Conversation

David Selby performed in the West Coast premiere of Anthony Giordana's The City of Conversation at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on May 17 through June 4, 2016.

The play was directed by Michael Wilson, with whom David has worked previously in Long Day's Journey into Night, St. Nicholas, and Divine Rivalry. (See David's stage credits for more details.)

The cast of The City of Conversation included Christine Lahti, Jason Ritter, Steven Culp, Michael Learned, Deborah Offner, Nicholas Oteri, Johnny Ramey, and Georgia King.

Preview performances were Tuesday through Thursday, May 17-19, with opening night on Friday, May 20. The final performance was on Saturday, June 4.

From the press release for the play:

In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other—where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and smoothed it out over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But it was all about to change.

In The City of Conversation, spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws high-powered Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington’s politics. But, when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for.

From the prolific pen of novelist, essayist and playwright Anthony Giardina, The City of Conversation was nominated for Best Play by the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards when it premiered at Lincoln Center in 2015. It received its Washington D.C. premiere at the Arena Stage earlier this year.

David portrayed Republican Kentucky Senator George Mallonee. Michael Learned played his wife, Carolyn. The two previously appeared opposite one another in an episode of The Waltons titled "The Romance." David portrayed Joshua Williams, Olivia Walton's art instructor. He has the dubious distinction of being the only man, other than her husband, to have kissed Olivia during the series. Click here to see screen grabs from the episode. David stated that he was "delighted" to be working with Michael Learned again.

Dark Shadows: Into the LightRadio Retropolis Presents Dark Shadows: Into the Light

Host Jim Romanovich is devoting 8 episodes of his Radio Retropolis podcast to an in-depth examination of Dark Shadows via interviews with the cast and personnel associated with the series.

David Selby is among those who have been interviewed for the series. He was the focus of the episode airing on Monday, April 11, at midnight ET/9:00 PM PT.

To listen, visit the Radio Retropolis web site.

Previous episodes of Dark Shadows: Into the Light are archived on the Collinsport Historical Society web site.

Greenway Arts Alliance Presents Front Door Open

Front Door OpenFront Door Open, a play by Tom Baum, had its world premiere at the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles in November.

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 ran from November 13 through December 13 and was directed by Assad Kelada. In addition to David Selby, the cast included Joanna Miles, Anna Nicholas, and Lizzy Rich.

Selby and Miles previously appeared together as husband and wife Paul and Jacqueline in Horton Foote's Alone in 1997 for Showtime. (Images are in the Photo Gallery.)

For more information/updates about Front Door Open:

Reviews of Front Door Open:

  • Broadway World: "I have never seen David Selby better in his emotional interpretation of the frustrated husband Douglas, loving his wife but at a crossroads as to how to continue."
  • Discover Hollywood: "Strong acting from the cast, anchored by a stand out performance from Joanna Miles as Eleanor. This is one dysfunctional family that you can spend ninety minutes with."
  • Theatre Spoken Here: "The superb cast are led by Joanna Miles, faultless as a woman trapped into society’s role of female helplessness and dependence. David Selby is magnificent as the father, a raging bull with the heart of a child; Anna Nicholas is excellent as the impatient but responsible daughter, and Lizzy Rich is charming as a cheeky yet tender teen who has secrets of her own."
  • TotalTheater.com: "Director Asaad Kelada has the difficult task of orchestrating all this dysfunction and somehow allowing the humanity of the play to shine through. This he does, in a masterful way too. He is helped of course by the actors, a very skilled bunch, and by Tom Meleck’s Broadway-worthy set and lighting design."

 

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 in 2015 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, 2015 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.