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David Simpatico

MFA Fiction, Class of 2017

"Elements of every assignment, workshop or class I took added in some way to my final thesis, a two-person play called Wilde About Whitman."

David Simpatico is a playwright, librettist and filmmaker. Career highlights include the stage adaptation of Disney's "High School Musical"; the full-length opera, "The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing," with composer Justine Chen; and "The Screams of Kitty Genovese," a rock-opera with composer 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. His non-musical play, "Waiting for the Ball to Drop," has recently been optioned by director/producer Stephen Lloyd Helper, and will star Mario Cantone.

David was thrilled to graduate the Mountainview MFA program as the sole dramatist; he was inspired by the enormous talent, insight and camaraderie of his peers, his mentors, and the entire faculty. His thesis project, "Wilde About Whitman," a two-person play about the little-known meeting of the two literary giants, is slated for publication in an upcoming issue of The Idaho Review.

You can see David's video work at his Youtube channel