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
Blu-ray are available from online retailers such as Amazon.
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 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
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.
New Dark Shadows Audio Dramas from Big
continues to reprise the role of Quentin Collins in
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.
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
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.
Miller and the Man Radio Show
In July 2016, David was interviewed on the Miller and the
Man Radio Show. Listen to the podcast via the player below:
Dark Shadows 50th Anniversary Celebration
Dark Shadows premiered on June 27, 1966. To
mark the show's 50th anniversary, the Dark Shadows
Festival held 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
Most Festival events were held at the
Tarrytown DoubleTree Hotel with additional events at the
Lyndhurst Estate, which
served as Collinwood on film, and
Cemetery, which was also featured in the films.
Those attending included:
|Kathryn Leigh Scott
Dark Shadows audio engineer Henry Plimack has posted
some amazing photos from the weekend on
Flickr. Photos and video clips from numerous other sources
have been shared on
City of Conversation
David Selby performed 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 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.
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
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 Open, a play by Tom Baum,
world premiere at the
Theatre in Los Angeles in November.
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
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
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
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.
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, 2015 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.