David Simpatico

Dramatist

DAVID SIMPATICO is a playwright, librettist and performance artist. Career highlights include: the stage adaptation of High School Musical (Disney Theatricals); the full length opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Justine Chen, composer; commissioned by American Lyric Theatre); and the sung-thru music drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese (Will Todd, composer; Edinburgh Fringe Festival); and the libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron J. Kernis’ Garden Of Light (NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Kurt Masur).

David has recently adapted Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with composer Will Todd. David has recently been commissioned to write the original sci-fi rock opera, Rose of Sharon, with composer Heather Christian. David’s new two-man play, Wilde About Whitman, takes us behind doors during the little known, historic meeting of the two literary giants. His play, Waiting for the Ball to Drop, has been optioned by director/producer Stephen Lloyd Helper. David is currently working on LIFEafterLIFE, a one-man musical with composer Josh Schmidt.

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David recently earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountain View Writers at SNHU. He co-curates (with playwright Darrah Cloud) A Howl of Playwrights, in Rhinebeck, NY, where he lives with his husband, Robert Strickstein, and wonder-dog, Elmo.