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.