Author

David Simpatico

David Simpatico

is a playwright whose work been presented at theatres around the country, including NYC Town Hall, 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 Franklin Furnace.  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.  Having written for the stage, film, television and the concert stage, David was commissioned by the Brave New World Festival at Town Hall.  He wrote a monologue, Aunt Pittipat in the Tower, which was performed by Mario Cantone, as well as the libretto for a chorale, And My Friend, with music by Will Todd.  David has currently been commissioned to adapt Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood for the stage and Antonya Nelson’s novel Nobody’s Girl for film.  In addition, two of his plays, Mary and Waiter Waiter,were performed in the NYC Fringe Festival, 2003.  David has also been commissioned by the Hourglass Group to adapt the Ernst Lubistch classic Trouble in Paradise for the stage; and by Disney to adapt the animated musical Alice in Wonderland for middle-school students and TYA companies, and the smash-hit television movie High School Musical for the stage.  His screenplay Mike’s Makeover has been recently optioned by Steven Williford and Pat O’Connor.  He was also one of the writers for the Drama Desk-nominated musical, The Audience.  With a commission by Disney, David wrote the libretto for Aaron J. Kernis’ symphony, Garden of Light, which received its world premiere with the NY Philharmonic, conducted by Kurt Masur, in the Fall of 1999; the piece was performed by the Minnesota Orchestra in September 2002.  The Screams of Kitty Genovese, a sung-through musical drama with a score by UK composer Will Todd, was developed at the O’Neill National Music Theatre Conference ('99, '00) and Opera Lab UK, and was also workshopped at the English National Opera in London.  After a showing in the National Alliance of Music Theatre festival, Kitty received its first full student production at the Boston Conservatory of Music and then was professionally produced at the New York Musical Theatre Festival in 2006.  David was awarded the Jonathan Larson Award for his libretto.