DAVID SIMPATICO is a playwright, librettist and performance artist whose work has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. 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); 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’s musical adaptation of 12 Angry Men, with composer/lyricist Michael Holland, is slated for production by Theatre Latte Da in Minneapolis for their 2019-20 season, directed by Peter Rothstein. (Postponed due to Covid lockdown)
David has been commissioned to write the original sci-fi rock opera, Rose of Sharon, with composer Heather Christian. He is also writing the libretto for a new blues opera, That Hellbound Train, with composer Lisa DeSpain. He has just finished an adaptation of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with composer Will Todd, with the support of Opera Holland Park, London. His play, Waiting for the Ball to Drop, has been optioned by director/producer Stephen Lloyd Helper.
David recently earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the MountainView Writers at SNHU. His thesis project, Wilde About Whitman, was chosen for the twentieth anniversary edition of the Idaho Review. David is an alumnus of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, and a graduate of Northwestern University.
Along with playwright Darrah Cloud, David runs A Howl of Playwrights, a group of working playwrights in Rhinebeck, NY. He is represented by literary agent Elaine Devlin (P: 212-842-9030; firstname.lastname@example.org.) He lives in Rhinebeck NY with his husband and muse, Robert Strickstein, and wonder-dog, Elmo.
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