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Upcoming Appearances and Projects

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." 

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.

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

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 will also be included in the upcoming 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 is available for pre-order from Amazon.

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

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

Dark Shadows: Panic, released in May 2015, is the most recent release featuring David Selby, and it 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

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 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.