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The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters
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Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates
An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM


Number 238.             May 4, 2011


Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS),
announces the following breaking news in this Online DS News Update "bulletin."



SG was just notified Johnny appears on the "Oprah" talk show tomorrow, Thursday, May 5. Please check your local listings for time and station.

SG's reported extensively about Johnny's upcoming adaptation of  "Dark Shadows," directed by his longtime collaborator Tim Burton. Both are self-avowed DS fans from childhood and Johnny's dream since then was to portray "Barnabas." SG announced the initial project in July, 2007, and has steadily informed and updated plans for the movie. Filming will begin very soon at London's Pinewood Studios and on ocation throughout England. SG will update future confirmed news.

Johnny is known for his iconic rapscallion character "Captain Jack Sparrow" in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise. "POTC 4: On Stranger Tides" opens May 20, so his time on the "Oprah" show should focus on that highly-anticipated release. Yet his enthusiasm for DS, as his next filming project, may come up during the interview..


David (1966-71 Quentin) and Ben (1991 Barnabas) will team for the first time in a limited-run presentation of "Dracula," based on Bram Stoker's famed novel. SG previously announced this event, but now updates about Ben's participation.

"Dracula" will be at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. Performances are May 18-20 at 8 pm, May 21 at 2:30pm, and May 22 at 4pm.

Ticket prices are $20, $36, and $49 and available only through the L.A. Theatre Works Box Office: (310) 827-0889 or

LATW's plays are recorded as they happen before a live audience in the radio show format. Actors are not in costume and there are no sets. The cast is seated onstage, holding bound scripts. They step up to microphones to perform their lines in character. Appropriate sound effects are created and music is added as the play unfolds. Audience reactions are recorded at the same time. The radio show format allows each actor to interpret his/her character through the spoken dialogue, enhanced by the music and sound effects.

"Dracula" is part of the LA Theatre Works' 2011 series. David has appeared in numerous LATW productions; he also is a member of the Board of Directors.and on the Artists Advisory Council.

 LATW Publicity: "Before Twilight, before True Blood, only one vampire commanded 'the children of the night.' In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula (Ben Cross) slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil - so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing (David Selby), can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series,which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at

Press Release: "L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. Our unique hybrid form of audio theatre and innovative use of technology in the production and dissemination of theatre keeps this venerable art form thriving, assuring wide and affordable access. Through our 10-play live in-performance The Play's the Thing Series in Los Angeles and in-studio recordings world-class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling and sound-rich audio plays." Its "Audio Theatre Collection of more than 400 recorded plays is the largest library of its kind in the world."

Its "radio theater series can be heard locally in Southern California on 89.3 KPCC every Saturday from 10 pm to midnight, and can also be streamed on demand at L.A. Theatre Works can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 90.1 WABE, Atlanta; 94.1 KPFA, Berkeley; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 other markets nationwide."

Original DS cast members Marsha Mason (Vampire Audrey) and Susan Sullivan (Ghost) also  have been in LATW's productions. Visit the LATW website for available cassette/CD recordings of their and many other actors' radio plays.


The 1970 "House of Dark Shadows" theatrical release marked the first time a daytime soap opera had launched a full-length feature film. Rated GP for Mature Audiences (1970 ratings system) for strong violence, it was a major box office hit for MGM Studios that year and led to a second movie, "Night of DS,' in 1971. ((More information in SG print issues.))

TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will show HODS at midnight on Wed., May 11, as part of a marathon of Joan Bennett's films. Check your local listings and please share any publicity or other media coverage with SG.

Actors from the TV series - Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Grayson Hall, Thayer David, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Nancy Barrett, John Karlen, David Henesy, Jerry Lacy, and Dennis Patrick among them - re-created their TV characters or portrayed other characters in a condensed telling
of Barnabas' release from the coffin after almost 200 years. The vampire terrorizes Collinsport and his decendants as he seeks the reincarnation of his long-dead love Josette. Dr. Julia Hoffman tries to cure him - and finds herself falling in love with the vampire, who's being hunted by
Prof. Elliott Stokes.


SG Online Update #237 (4-17) shared the sad news of the 4-16 passing of  Kathryn's husband at age 74 after a 5-year battle with PSP, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare brain disorder. Kathryn (Maggie, Josette, Kitty, Rachel) tells SG he died in her arms at their home in Beverly Hills, listening to some of his favorite jazz artists.

Fans who wish to honor his memory may do so with donations to these designated causes:

CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd. Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093.

All Saints' Episcopal Church, 504 N Camden Dr.,  Beverly Hills, CA 90210.  310-275-0123.

The upcoming SG #121 print issue will remember Geoff with media obituaries and share about his memorial service, along with some of Kathryn's own thoughts.


--- SG asks all fans attending "Dracula" to please share their reports, photos, etc. Fans everywhere also are invited and encouraged to send any DS-related media mentions that you find at any time. Such references can be about the DS personnel and their projects, the upcoming Depp/Burton DS movie, the DS Festivals, DS merchandise, etc These items can come online, in print, or on the air; be international, national, or local; general or detailed; accurate or incorrect in content.

Please identify the complete source and send all materials to the SG addresses below.

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Thank you.

Marcy Robin
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Temple City, CA 91780-7766

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