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Victoria Liss
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May 12, 2014


The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters

The Official Dark Shadows Online News Updates

Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates

An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM


Each of these SG News Updates is initially posted through the ShadowGram Yahoo Group.  Joining the Group is free.


To receive a Yahoo Group invitation, or to learn more about the ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Published Newsletters by postal mail subscription, or if you have any questions, please directly contact Marcy Robin at the following email address:


You also can join the SG Group directly at:




Update Number 318

May 12, 2014




Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,


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








**** Please Note: This Update was intended for release early this month. However, my computer abruptly failed and required more than a week in repair. I’m now in the process of learning my way around its new features and simply catching up with everything. I appreciate your understanding and patience. Thank you.     - Marcy Robin





--- MICHAEL MAITLAND (“Leviathan Child” Michael) passed away 4-23-14 at age 57 after a long battle with cancer. His sister tells SG: “I'm sure that wherever he is, he is very touched by everyone who remembers him. After Mike left acting, he went into restaurant management and concentrated on his artwork, of which he was especially proud.  We will be doing a memorial service for him later this summer and will have an obituary as well.”


Michael loved to play softball in NYC’s Central Park. His family and friends have started a < gofundme > campaign to establish a memorial bench with a plaque in his honor near the Park’s ball fields. Fans who wish to support this effort can go to


Born 8-27-56, Michael’s acting career included “Edge of Night,” “Search for Tomorrow,” and a guest role on “Emergency.” He was on Broadway in “Mame” and also did other theater work.


--- ALAN MATLICK was 59 when he died suddenly 4-17-14. A music composer and writer, he worked in the television industry 30+ years. He was an engineer at WNYC-TV in the 1980s when the PBS station aired DS reruns. He loved the show and created professional-quality music videos using some of Jonathan Frid's original dramatic recitations from the 1969 DS Soundtrack music album and scene clips from the series. These were aired on WNYC during their repeats of DS and subsequently included on the VHS and DVD releases of "DS Music Videos" on MPI Home Video with other footage.


An avid music theatre fan, Alan also wrote a Christmas-themed DS play that was presented on stage at the DS Festival in New York with the original series actors.


Fans who wish to remember Alan may support “any Humane Society.”


--- Condolences to MARIE WALLACE (Eve, Jenny) whose oldest sister Margie “passed peacefully on the eve of Easter,” a short time before her birthday. Marie says Margie had become ill and eventually went into hospice care. “We all miss her tremendously. She was a kind, loving, generous person and oh so nice.”





--- DONNA McKECHNIE (Amanda, Olivia) is an award-winning dancer, singer, and actress. She choreographed the play “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks,” running at the Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, CA, now to June 8.


Theater publicity: It stars acclaimed dancer/actress Leslie Caron as “a formidable, headstrong widow who opens her world by hiring a dance instructor to give her private dance lessons.  What begins as a tentative and even challenging relationship between the pair blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha and Contemporary Dance. This life-affirming comedy with music and dance will be one you won’t want to miss.”


The Laguna Playhouse is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna, CA 92651. 949-497-2787.


Tickets are $30-$76. Call the theater or visit


--- MARSHA MASON (Vampire) is directing a production of the comedy “Chapter Two


It runs May 22-June 13 at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. Performances are weeknights and weekends with Fri. and Sat. matinees.


Marsha starred in the 1978 movie based on the play, receiving an Academy Award nomination for “Best Actress Performance in a Leading Role.” It’s a semi-autobiographical story of director / writer Neil Simon – to whom Marsha was married at the time.


Theater publicity: “A comedy about love the second time around,” as “a successful writer mourning the recent loss of his beloved wife…meets a vibrant, recently divorced actress. They begin a whirlwind courtship that leads to marriage” in a “hilarious and touching story that asks if you can start a second chapter when you can’t let go of the first?”


Bucks County Playhouse is located at 70 S. Main St., New Hope, PA 18938.


Tickets: 215-862-2121.


--- Recent SG Updates detailed DAVID SELBY (Quentin) and SUSAN SULLIVAN (Ghost) are starring in the prize-winning play “A Delicate Balance” May 3-June 15.


The play continues its run through June 15 at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. (310) 477-2055.


Order tickets online:    Order by phone:  (310) 477-2055 – ext. 2.



**** DONNA McKECHNIE & DAVID SELBY currently are recording a new DS audio drama episode titled "The Darkest Shadow," in a story that reunites their characters of Amanda / Olivia and Quentin. SG Online Updates and upcoming SG print newsletters will announce and report confirmed details.



**** The huge Double SG # 122-#123 is the current Official DS Published Newsletter. Jonathan is remembered with photos, biographical information, and career highlights. He also is fondly and gently saluted by MARIE WALLACE. Her unique perspective extends outside DS, as they were longtime friends. Jonathan directed a college stage production of “The Lion in Winter” in Milledgeville, Georgia, in which Marie starred. He earned a Masters in Fine Art in directing from the Yale School of Drama


The Double SG also features news and information direct from the DS cast / crew about their projects and activities, Dan Curtis Productions, the DS Festival, MPI, and others involved in DS today. There are photos, announcements, reports, publicity materials, media coverage, and updates for DS guest/fan gatherings, plus all the DS news and plans.


To subscribe / renew to the complete ShadowGram Official Dark Shadows Newsletters:


--- US & Canadian First Class subscriptions: $12.00 for 4 issues, $24.00 for 8 issues.

---Overseas Air Mail subscriptions: US $20.00 for 4 issues, US $40.00 for 8 issues.


Please send your subscription / renewal payment by check or money order, payable to:


Marcy Robin

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766


Subscription/renewal payments also can be made via Paypal to:


After your subscription / renewal arrives, I will send you SG #122-#123 and future SG issues as they are published.


Fans attending any of the plays featuring DS actors are invited and welcome to please share with SG their own reports, photos, video footage, program books, local publicity, articles, interviews, reviews, etc.  Each experience and perspective is unique and helps let SG readers who can’t attend “be there with you.”


As always, SG also encourages fans to please share any DS-related materials you find at any time: on-air, in print, and online, international, nationwide, or local, media publicity, articles, reviews, interviews, commentaries, etc.


Please send hard copies (newspapers, magazines, program books, flyers) when possible.

You can send all photos as high resolution to SG's e-mail address. You also can send hard-copy pictures and items to SG's postal-mail address.  Please always include your full name and the source name and date. Send to:


Marcy Robin / ShadowGram

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766




You will be named as a Contributor in the published SG newsletter. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of photos, information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for your support and sharing.


All such items are important to the ShadowGram Newsletters, the actual complete published Official DS Newsletter & News Source. Subscribers of all ages are across the US and worldwide. I send complimentary copies of every issue directly to many of the DS cast and crew. They share their news with me for SG, and they enjoy learning about their DS colleagues in SG's pages.


Your materials help SG readers share with you and the DS cast/crew through SG. Thank you in advance!


The release of each SG published newsletter is announced in a SG Online Update via the SG Yahoo Group.


---- These SG Online Updates briefly premiere-announce, report, and provide confirmed DS-related news, much of it provided directly to me by those involved with DS then to now. All the information is expanded and explained in the published SG Official Published DS Newsletters and through the SG Official Online News Updates via the SG Yahoo Group.


Joining the SG Yahoo Group is free. You do not need to be a SG postal-mail subscriber to join the Group.


To be a member of the ShadowGram YahooGroup, go to


To receive an invitation – which makes it even easier to join the Group – please directly email Marcy Robin at


You can read past SG Online Updates once you're a member of the group by clicking on the "Messages" tab.


If you'd like more information on how to become a SG Yahoo Group member, or if you have any questions, please e-mail Marcy Robin at


**** PLEASE NOTE: The brief email Updates like this one are * NOT * the actual Official DS Newsletter. The published SG print issues provide and report in depth, with pictures, quotes, publicity and media materials, and more.


These breaking-news Official DS Online News Update "bulletins" are officially posted through the ShadowGram Yahoo Group.


This Update is posted to the ShadowGram Yahoo Group and is dispersed by interested people to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, Tumblr, in personal emails and other online / print communications.


PLEASE include ShadowGram's complete e- and postal- mail addresses and subscription information in all of your online sharing.


SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the * Official * "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is directly provided by the show's personnel and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series and the 1991 TV series. Established almost 35 years ago in April, 1979, SG works directly with the cast /crew and related individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation, distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc. SG print issues usually are published 2-3 times during the year.


These brief Update bulletins are posted through the ShadowGram Online "Dark Shadows" News Updates Yahoo Group. See subscription information and contact addresses above.


For more newsletter information or if you have any questions, please send a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) to these postal- or e- mail addresses:


Marcy Robin

ShadowGram Editor / Publisher

P.O. Box 1766

Temple City, CA 91780-7766


Yahoo Group e-mail:
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