David Selby as Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre

David Selby

Attention Dark Shadows fans: David Selby, remembered fondly as the romantic heartthrob Quentin Collins on that long-running soap of yore, is playing Abraham Lincoln in a new play, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. 

Selby has played Lincoln twice before. But this time, he says, is different: “This play goes deeper than any Lincoln piece I’ve ever done.” The play is set in 1862, when Lincoln is grieving for the recent death of his 12-year-old son. At the same time, he’s grappling with the question of freeing the nation’s four million slaves, and ultimately decides to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

Marlena’s alter ego, Connie Passalacqua Hayman, talks to Selby about his long and varied career in this interview for Theater Mania. The Heavens Are Hung In Black, by James Still, runs through March 8.




  1. I heart David Selby. Awesome interview!!!!

    Marlena says: Thank you darling!

  2. All I know is, why couldn’t Selby have played Lincoln during inauguration week while I WAS IN D.C. He’s one of the great actors period — daytime, primetime, anytime. And I’d watch him read the phonebook. He’s also HOT!! Love a hot vampire. LOL Thanks for this update news, Marlena.

  3. David Selby will forever be for me Richard Channing. Lord, how I loved him on Falcoln Crest. It was only years later, when some channel – I think Sci Fi began running Dark Shadows reruns that I saw him there.


    Those eyes!

    They are still piercing after all these years.

    He’s one of those actors that you just love….I do.

    Marlena says: Sip, he was just wonderful to interview! So brilliant and funny. And at age 68….still a heartthrob!

  4. Hi, Marlena! I just wanted to congratulate you on your Premio Dardo award. I think your blog is groovy! For more info, go to:



    Marlena says: First of all, I read your blog and I think it’s pretty groovy too! Oh Marc, I am so honored and thrilled to win this award! XXXOOO! Thank you so much, darling.

    The last award I won was the Social Studies medal when I graduated Woodside Junior High School in 1968 in Queens N.Y. But this award is so much … GROOVIER!

  5. How exciting! I’m glad to see that David Selby is working. After Falcon Crest, I hadn’t really heard anything of him. Thanks for linking (and, of course, writing) this piece.

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