Dark Shadows: The Salem Branch by Lara Parker

Radio / CD

L.A. Theatre Works

L.A. Theatre Works produces audio theatre before a live studio audience. LATW performances can be heard on The Play's the Thing on FM 89.3 KPCC, Southern California Public Radio. LATW also collaborates with the Voice of America and the Smithsonian Associates, among others, to produce the "Radio Theatre Live" series in Washington, D.C.

Plays from the LATW Catalog are available on audio tape and compact disc for sale to both individuals and libraries. LATW also has a Library Access Project which allows underserved libraries to obtain copies of their productions.

David has been involved in numerous LATW productions over the years. Below are some selections from the LATW catalog that feature David. You can click on the image or title to see the catalog description of each production.

 

The Perfectionist

The Perfectionist

Ruby McCollum

Ruby McCollum

State of the Union

State of the Union

The Young Man from Atlanta

The Young Man from Atlanta

 

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

 

Pack of Lies

Pack of Lies

 
Another option for those interested in listening to L.A. Theatre Works productions via streaming audio is to purchase them from Audible.com. This site features a six-minute sample of David's performance in Horton Foote's The Young Man from Atlanta. (Unfortunately, this site is set up in such a way that I cannot provide a direct link. You can do a search by the play's title or David's name or choose Drama & Poetry from the main page to access a complete list of LATW productions available for download.)

You can also find links to purchase David's LATW titles through Amazon.com by clicking here.

In the past couple of years, David Selby has been involved in Washington, D.C and L.A. productions of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and a L.A. productions of The Autumn Garden, On the Waterfront, and Pack of Lies.

Hugh Whitemore's Pack of Lies

  • David Selby appeared in Hugh Whitemore's Pack of Lies on June 16, 17, 18, and 20, 2004.
  • The description from the LATW web site:

    Actual events during the Cold War inspired this thriller with present-day relevance in the current era of the Patriot Act. In suburban London, loyalty, duty, and friendship conflict with one another when the Jacksons slowly discover the Krogers, their neighbors and cherished best friends, are Russian spies. A gripping play that may leave you wondering exactly what it is those nice people next door are really up to.

  • Members of the Los Angeles Dark Shadows fan club, Shadows in the Sun, attended the June 20 afternoon performance of Pack of Lies and met with David Selby afterwards. A report and photos are posted on victoriawinters.net.
  • A review of this performance appears on Jeannie's David Selby Site.

Budd Schulberg's On the Waterfront

  • David Selby appeared in the L.A. Theatre Works audio theatre production of On the Waterfront on December 11-15, 2002 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Herman Wouk's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

  • David Selby appeared in live performances of the theatrical adaptation of Herman Wouk's Caine Mutiny Court Martial performed for radio by L.A. Theatre Works on June 6-10, 2001 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

  • The cast list in the print edition of the Calendar section of the June 3 L.A. Times included Grant Shaud, James Avery, Kenny Williams, Chuma Hunter Gault, and Ian Lithgow. The original press materials had Stacy Keach headlining.

  • For more information about this production, check out the article on Playbill Online.

  • David was also involved in a radio drama production of Herman Wouk's Caine Mutiny Court Martial in November 2000 in Washington, DC.

  • A review of this performance is featured on Jeannie's David Selby Site.

Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden

  • David Selby had a role in LA Theatre Works' production of Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden performed January 10-14, 2001 in Los Angeles.

 

My Mother's Autumn

In the summer of 2000, David Selby released a book of poems entitled, My Mother's Autumn. The poems deal with the sudden death and illness of his mother and also serve as a tribute to her. In addition to publishing the book, David also released a compact disc on which he reads all of the poems from the book. For ordering information, see the On the Page section of the site.

Dark Shadows Music

In 1969, the Dark Shadows soundtrack was released. The album featured David Selby's voiceover on his character Quentin Collins' signature tune, "Quentin's Theme (Shadows of the Night)." A deluxe edition of the soundtrack was re-released on compact disc in 1999. It features all of the original recordings plus some bonus cast interviews conducted during the original run of the show. David Selby is among the cast members featured. Click on the image for additional information. Photos taken during the making of the original soundtrack recording can be found in the Photo Gallery.

During the original run of Dark Shadows, David also recorded a duet with co-star Nancy Barrett (Carolyn Collins Stoddard). "I Wanna Dance with You" is featured on the Dark Shadows 30th Anniversary Collection.

 

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