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Posted on the Purchase College Acting Conservancy (SUNY), Class of 1981's Facebook page:

RIP Michael Maitland
b. August 27, 1956 - d. April 23, 2014
It has been my profound privilege to share so many deep, sad, joyous, silly, creative and frank conversations with Mike as the time dwindled and this day neared. Today, at the hospice his sister held the phone to his ear after letting me know that he could no longer speak but that he could still hear me. And I expressed myself to him for the last time. I just learned that only minutes later, after all those months of struggle, Mike's pain finally ended. Goodbye, brother.

A youtube memorial video posted by a fellow alumnus:

A fundraiser page was created by one of his sisters to adopt a memorial bench in Central Park in Michael's memory near the field where he enjoyed playing softball:

April 28, 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."
SG Update # 313 (3-23-14) announced David (Quentin) and Susan (Ghost) star in a production of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “A Delicate Balance” at Los Angeles’ Odyssey Theatre. 
David’s wife Chip tells SG: “The opening is now on May 3 and previews start next Wed.”, Apr. 30, plus May 1 & 2. The play still is scheduled to run through June 15.
Chip reports that David and Susan may be interviewed on Los Angeles-area TV – probably a morning show – in the week ahead. SG Online Updates will announce any confirmed information. There likely will be other LA-area media coverage on-air, in print and online.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm, and on select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8pm.
The Odyssey Theatre is offering an opportunity to win tickets to the play. To enter, send an email with the subject of “ALBEE” to
Tickets start at $30.
Order online:    Order by phone:  (310) 477-2055 – ext. 2 
The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025. (310) 477-2055.
The theatre is right off the 405 (San Diego) Freeway in West LA. The freeway is being widened and repaired, so there can be periodic closures, detours, and traffic congestion through the construction zone. Please check GPS, on-air and online traffic report sources.
Theatre publicity: “Empty nesters Agnes (Susan) and Tobias (David) share their upper middle class suburban home with their permanent houseguest - Agnes' tartly entertaining and perpetually soused sister, Claire. The household's precarious equilibrium is disrupted one evening by the appearance of lifelong family friends Harry and Edna, who are seeking refuge from an unnamed terror. When daughter Julia returns home in the throes of the breakup of her fourth marriage, she finds her room occupied by Harry and Edna, who refuse to leave.
“A caustically funny and moving exploration of the bonds of friendship and family in a threatening world, (the play) is considered by many to be Albee’s 's most challenging work…. It is stylish, daring and profoundly touching - full of memorable Albee bits, bountiful bursts of colorful invective and lacerating repartee.”
Susan and David had no DS scenes together but starred – eventually as husband and wife – in the 1981-90 primetime series “Falcon Crest.” Their only other joint performance was the classic 2-character play “Love Letters” 10-10-2003, benefiting the historic Apollo Theatre and Main Street area in Martinsburg, WV. They’ve remained good friends since their “Falcon Crest” days.
Kathryn is seen briefly as “a society lady” in the Lifetime TV movie “Petals on the Wind” 5-26. It’s a sequel to the 2013 TV film “Flowers in the Attic.”
--- LARA PARKER (Angelique) & KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT  (Maggie) guest at Mobicon, 5-23/25 in Mobile, Alabama, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.
--- LARA and KATHRYN also plan to attend ConCarolinas 5-30/6-1att the Hilton Charlotte University Place in Charlotte, NC 28262.
--- SHARON SMYTH LENTZ (Sarah) will participate in “Something Wicked Saturday” at the Mystery Bookshop in Mechanicsburg, PA 5-31. She will present “My Brother Was a Vampire” at 2:00 as part of an afternoon with several authors and speakers. “Registration ($5 fee) is a Must, as seating is limited.” (Publicity)
Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop is located at 6 Clouser Rd, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. (717) 795-7470.

Marcy Robin

April 22, 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."
--- “Dark Shadows Movie Night” – Wed, April 30 – Vista Theatre, Los Angeles
--- “DS Festival Weekend in Tarrytown” – Sat.-Sun., June 28-29
(updating hotel sleeping room availability & the optional fan tour of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery)
--- “Dark Shadows Caribbean Cruise to Martinique” – Jan. 10-17, 2015
Wed., Apr. 30 – 6:15pm–12:15am – Vista Theatre, 4473 Sunset Dr., Los Angeles 90027.
Tickets are $15.00 per person.
Fans who pre-order DS Movie Night tickets will receive a special DS gift at the theatre that evening. Tickets sold at the door are the same price of $15.00 per person.
Advance-order tickets still are available. Use PayPal or postal-mail (check / money order)
All advance ticket orders must be received no later than Fri., April 25 (a SASE – Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope – is appreciated). Your ticket(s) will be sent to you by postal-mail, postmarked no later than Sat., April 26.
--- PayPal – Use recipient address:
--- Check/Money Order payable to   ShadowGram   and send with SASE to:
ShadowGram / Dark Shadows, P.O. Box 1766, Temple City, CA 91780-7766
SG Online Updates have detailed this special event, featuring 4 DS actors as supernatural characters in a new dark thriller, “Doctor Mabuse 2: Etiopomar.” This also is the first American theatrical showing of Dan Curtis’ acclaimed 1974 adaptation of “Dracula.”
DS actors JERRY LACY, LARA PARKER, and CHRISTOPHER PENNOCK star in “Mabuse” and will attend this world premiere screening. KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT also stars but is out of town and cannot attend. There will be free guest autographs and photo opportunities, plus a variety of DS items in auction and for purchase. Debuting: The restored high-definition “Dracula” on Blu Ray and the just-released “Dracula” soundtrack CD.
DS Music Composer ROBERT COBERT composed the “Dracula” musical score. He plans to attend and sign autographs. We also celebrate his upcoming 90th birthday!
This special evening is only days away, so we hope you can be there with all of us!
Sat.-Sun., June 28-29 – Lyndhurst Estate & Double Tree Hotel – Tarrytown, NY
The historic Lyndhurst Mansion & Estate and nearby Sleepy Hollow Cemetery were filming locations for “House of Dark Shadows” (1970) and “Night of Dark Shadows” (1971) – the first major studio movies based on a daytime TV series. The Weekend salutes both films, which will screen for the first time in high definition.
Saturday 12noon-9pm - “Day at Lyndhurst”: $40 Adults / $20 Children under 13
Sunday.11am-5pm – Double Tree Hotel:” Luncheon with the Stars”: $50 per person
Space is limited each day. The Fest recommends that interested fans send registration payments soon, as the DS Weekend likely will be sold out very soon. Payment for both days can be combined in one check / money order.
All tickets are non-refundable and by advance mail-order only. Please include the full name of each person for whom you are paying and include a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope).
You MUST use the official order form available on the Fest website, or send a SASE to the Fest postal-mail address below to request the order form.
All payments, completed order forms, and accompanying SASE must be received at the following address no later than Sat., June 21.
Dark Shadows Festival
P.O. Box 92
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Sorry, the Fest cannot accept PayPal or credit cards.
Lyndhurst is at 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591.
The Tarrytown Double Tree Hotel, a few hundred yards from the Lyndhurst entrance, is at 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. 914-631-5700
---- Saturday at Lyndhurst:  A dramatic and musical Tribute to DS written and performed by David Selby, accompanied by his wife Chip on piano and Jim Storm on guitar. Our guests will reminisce about filming the movies and participate in Q&A talks, free autographs and photo opportunities. There will be DS merchandise sales, a charity auction, free mansion tours, and more. Food will be available onsite for purchase.
That evening at the Double Tree after 9:00, SHARON SMYTH plans to share ghost stories.
---- Sunday at the Double Tree Hotel: A stage performance by Marie, Lara, and Kathryn, full 3-course meal, DS goody bag for each attendee, door prizes, free autographs and photo opportunities, DS merchandise sales, and more.
After the 5:00 closing, fans can take an optional one-hour tour of nearby historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where 2 “House of DS” scenes were filmed.  The famed cemetery (the setting for Washington Irving’s classic story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ and the setting for ABC-TV’s popular TV series “Sleepy Hollow”) will have special extended hours to accommodate the tour. Attendees, please pay $10.00 cash admission per person at the cemetery.
---- Fans interested in the Sleepy Hollow tour: Please email or write a postal-mail note indicating how many adults / children would be in your party. Send this information to:
OR mail with a SASE to:
ShadowGram / Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
The Double Tree Hotel reports that it is full.
However, the nearby Springhill Suites by Marriott has just offered Fest attendees a special reduced room rate of only $139 (+ tax) per night.
The Tarrytown Springhill Suites by Marriott offers all studio suites, which are "25% larger than standard hotel rooms, and come complete with modern accommodations and renowned customer service.”
The number of these discounted rooms is limited, so it is recommended that interested fans make room reservations as soon as possible by directly calling the hotel.  Please ask for the Dark Shadows Festival special room rate.
The SpringHill Suites by Marriott – Tarrytown is at 480 White Plains Rd., Tarrytown, NY 10591. For reservations, call  914-366-4600.
DS Weekend attendees may also search online for other hotels in the Tarrytown vicinity.
SG Updates reported this exciting week-long cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas ship, sailing round-trip from San Juan, Puerto Rico southeast to one-day-each stops at the islands of St. Thomas, Antigua, Martinique – the “sugar plantation home” of Josette and Andre DuPres and Angelique – plus St. Lucia and Granada.
You join DS stars JERRY LACY, KATHLEEN CODY, MARIE WALLACE, LARA PARKER, and KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT for a variety of onboard DS activities, including a Costume Party (bring your costume), screenings, guest Q&As and interviews, autographs, photo opportunities, merchandise sales, and more.
From now until MAY 1, there are special new “lower fares” when you “reserve your stateroom with full-refundable deposit.” These “significant savings” prices run from $818 to $1038 per person, "double occupancy.”  Rates include “all onboard meals, shipboard entertainment, port charges, DS registration, and government fees and taxes Final payment is due no later than 75 days prior to the cruise.”
Information: Call 800-828-4813 or visit

Marcy Robin

Happy Birthday


Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Happy Birthday to Stuart!
« on: April 16, 2014, 04:33:12 PM »
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Happy Birthday
The Doctor and K9!


April 8, 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."
**** MPI Home Video asks SG to please report the following notification.
“FROM MPI HOME VIDEO, the exclusive authorized distributor of the original 1966-71 DARK SHADOWS on DVD:
Dear Customer,
It has come to our attention that there are counterfeit sets being sold and distributed for Dark Shadows: The Complete Series Deluxe Edition (MPI item # DVD7991). These counterfeit sets appear nearly identical to the authentic sets. If you are experiencing playback issues with your discs, it is possible that you have purchased a counterfeit set. If so, please alert us as to where you purchased the set. The more detail you can provide us (seller, links, pictures, etc.), the more it will help us put a stop to this illegal distribution of the Dark Shadows Complete Series.
Below is a list of ways you can tell you have purchased a counterfeit set:
--- The authentic set is wrapped in a plastic polybag whereas the counterfeit set is shrink wrapped
--- The authentic set has a thread that prevents the coffin lid from opening too far. The counterfeit set will open all the way (i.e. no thread).
--- The colors are much purer on the authentic set (stronger reds and blacks)
--- The pages in the booklet are a thinner/poor quality whereas the authentic set is a thicker glossier stock
--- The box corners of the set might be banged up on the counterfeit set
--- MPI used eco-friendly trays in the plastic amaray cases that hold each DVD disc. The MPI cases have holes in them to save on plastic where the counterfeit sets have solid black plastic backing behind each disc.
--- The picture quality of the actual program will be poorer. The counterfeit sets use a single layer disc compressing the quality onto one disc whereas the authentic version contains dual layered discs
--- The counterfeit set will have defective discs whereas the authentic set should not
Below is a video of the authentic set which also explains the differences between the two:
MPI is not responsible for the purchase or quality of counterfeit sets. If you have purchased an illegal set, we recommend contacting eBay and putting a claim against the seller of the counterfeit set. We also encourage you to make your purchases through established retailers such as eBay is not a recommended outlet for this item, and MPI does not sell this item via eBay.
MPI Home Video”
If you have any questions, please contact MPI directly at:
MPI Media Group, 16191 S. 108th Ave., Orland Park, IL 60407.  1-800-323-0442. (In Illinois: 708-469-0555)
---- For a description and full details about the MPI authorized coffin box set, “Dark Shadows: The Complete Original Series Deluxe Edition (DVD::

Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher



Happy Birthday
onyx treasure!

DS guests confirmed for Epic-Con Ohio on October 24-26 in Dayton:

Kathryn Leigh Scott, Lara Parker, Marie Wallace, Adrian Paul, Sharon Lentz

(Adrian Paul charges $25 for signed photos/$35 to sign personal items)

Calendar Events / Announcements '14 I / Happy Birthday to Aristia!
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:04:56 PM »
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Testing. 1, 2, 3... / Forum Guidelines for all users
« on: February 26, 2014, 09:20:04 PM »

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From Season 2, Episode 5 of the Netflix U.S. series House of Cards:

She took over the role of First Lady Tricia Walker, and in a wonderful scene pictured here, joined other powerful women in socking it to the Joint Chiefs: