City of Conversation
David Selby will perform in the West Coast premiere of
The City of
Conversation at the
Wallis Annenberg Center
for the Performing Arts on May 17 through June 4, 2016.
The play is 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 includes
Christine Lahti, Jason Ritter, Steven Culp, Michael Learned,
Deborah Offner, Nicholas Oteri, Johnny Ramey, and Georgia King.
Preview performances are Tuesday through Thursday, May 17-19,
with opening night on Friday, May 20. The final performance is
on Saturday, June 4.
Tickets are available
online. The box office number is 310-746-4000.
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is
located at 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
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 will play the role of Republican Kentucky Senator
George Mallonee. Michael Learned will portray 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 is "delighted" to be working with
Michael Learned again.