Two 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
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
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Dozens of rare and previously unpublished photos from Selby's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, a work of fiction,
was released on March 20. Paperback copies may be ordered from
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
MPI Home Video
"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
#694: In 1969, the Collins family abandons Collinwood, which is
haunted by the ghost of Quentin Collins.
The DVD is available now from online retailers including Amazon.com
#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
#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.
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
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
New Dark Shadows Audio Dramas from Big
continues to reprise the role of Quentin Collins in
Finish's ongoing series of new 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
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.
L.A. Theatre Works Presents Judgment at Nuremberg
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.
Where Hollywood Hides site for more information about
Click here for direct access to the podcast via iTunes.
The Lincoln Tribute
April 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,
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
Wednesday, March 25, David took part in an event marking
the 40th anniversary of L.A. Theatre Works at the Beverly
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
Be sure to check the Airdates
section of this site for information about upcoming L.A. Theatre
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
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
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.