Final Assault, a play written by David Selby, was performed by the Charleston Stage Company on April 10-12 & 17-19 at 8:00pm at the West Virginia State College Capitol Center in Charleston, West Virginia. The play focuses on the confrontation between a coal mining company and local environmentalists. David's son, Jamison Selby, directed.
Although David wrote Final Assault and his son directed it, David did not appear in any performances.
Final Assault was originally scheduled to be performed at the new Clay Center in Charleston. It was moved to the Capitol Center with a slightly revised performance schedule due to a delay in the opening of the Clay Center.
On March 13, 2003, TomPaine.com published an interview with David Selby about Final Assault conducted during auditions for the play. Both a transcript and a RealPlayer version of the interview can be accessed by clicking here.
The performance on Friday, April 11, was sign-interpreted. The performance on Friday, April 18, was be a special benefit for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC).
Additional information about Final Assault and the topic of mountaintop removal is available on the OVEC web site.
On Friday, March 21, 2003, the Associated Press Wire circulated a news story entitled, "David Selby Takes on Mountaintop Removal in New Play." This story is available on the OVEC web site. Another version of this story circulated on Monday, March 24, and Tuesday, March 25, 2003. It is also available on the OVEC web site and Backstage.com.
On Sunday, March 23, 2003. Charleston's Sunday Gazette-Mail began a three-part series by Bob Schwarz on the production of Final Assault.
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For a first-hand account of seeing Final Assault and meeting David Selby and his family, read Sandy Henry's "'Final Assault': A Fan Perspective.
For scanned images of the program and promotional poster for Final Assault, click here.
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