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David Simpatico

David Simpatico

DAVID SIMPATICO, playwright/librettist, has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including Lincoln Center, NYC Town Hall, Edinburgh Fringe, the Hammersmith Apollo (London), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, the New York Theatre Workshop, English National Opera, the Boston Conservatory of Music, and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC. Using the safety net of comedy to explore life-and-death issues, his work examines man's struggle to claim his place in a chaotic universe. David was commissioned to adapt Disney’s High School Musical 1 and 2 for the national stage tour and international productions; and wrote the Jonathan Larson award-winning music-drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese, with a sung-thru score by Will Todd. David also wrote the libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron J. Kernis’ millennium symphony, Garden Of Light, which received its world premiere with the NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Kurt Masur, in the Fall of 1999. Current and upcoming projects include: The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing, a full-length opera with a score by Justine Chen, commissioned by American Lyric Theatre, to be featured at the Opera America National Conference in Jan, 2017. His latest play, Waiting For The Ball To Drop, is a three-act comedy/drama, developed at the Lark Theatre and scheduled for a workshop at Half Moon Theatre in April, 2016. Second Life consists of two solo, sung-thru musical dramas, with a score by Josh Schmidt, headed for a workshop production, starring Taylor Mac, in January, 2017; A Noodle in Every Pot, a ten-minute play commissioned for Half Moon Theatre’s Ten Minute Play Festival, March, 2016. Pieces currently in development include: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, an adaptation for solo actor and choir, with music by Will Todd, suitable for theatre or concert presentation; Rose of Sharon, a rock opera/concept album with a score by Heather Christian, commissioned by Kurt Deutsch, Sh-K-Boom Records; PG-13, nine short comic pieces for younger actors, receiving a workshop at Half Moon Theatre, Summer, 2016; Wilde About Whitman, a two-person play about the historic, private meeting of the two literary giants, is his Master’s thesis project for Southern New Hampshire University; and Cruel Shoes, a raucus, backstage musical comedy murder mystery, with a score by Ross Patterson, has an online demo available for consideration at https://soundcloud.com/davidsimpatico/sets/cruel-shoes Along with playwright Darrah Cloud, David runs the Half Moon Theatre Writers’ Group in Poughkeepsie, NY, and co-curates the HMT Ten Minute Play Festival, as well as the Half Moon Howl, a monthly reading series for local writers. David also writes, directs, edits and stars in Zombie Hideaway, a webisodic series, as well as Rev. Jimmy’s Lake of Fire, both of which are featured on his new Youtube channel, Noise Ball.