David is the History Manager for Shanghai Low. A novelist, playwright, actor, and director, he is an Artistic Associate and Resident Fight Director with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, and, along with his wife Jan, a founding member of A Crew of Patches Theatre Company - a touring repertory, based in Chicago, dedicated to the performance of Shakespeare’s works for educational institutions in the Midwest.
For Shanghai Low, he has participated in the writing of all adaptations undertaken by the company since 2008 - including Alastair Reynolds' DIAMOND DOGS and Conan Doyle's ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE.
In 2017, a stage adaptation by Rob Kauzlaric of David's novel HER MAJESTY'S WILL - a light-hearted chronicle of William Shakespeare and "Kit" Marlowe's adventures as spies for Elizabeth I (portions of which were serialized originally on the Shanghai Low website) - will receive it's world premiere at Chicago's Lifeline Theatre, directed by Chris Hainsworth.
As an actor he has performed in over 16 productions with Michigan Shakespeare, including the title role in MACBETH, Leontes in THE WINTERS TALE, Petruchio in SHREW, and Mercutio in ROMEO AND JULIET. Chicago credits include 5 productions with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, 4 for First Folio Shakespeare, and shows at Defiant Theatre, City Lit, Lifeline Theatre, the Griffin Theatre, and the Northlight. In 2006 he appeared opposite Stacy Keach in Robert Falls' production of KING LEAR at the Goodman Theatre, remounted for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC in 2009.
As a director, David has staged ROMEO & JULIET, OTHELLO, JULIUS CAESAR, and a highly-acclaimed production of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WLLM SHKSPR (Abridged) for Crew of Patches - the latter show performing for several tours at City Lit Theatre, First Folio Shakespeare Festival, Mercury Theatre, and Noble Fool Theatricals in St. Charles, Illinois.
His background in theatre has served him well as a popular writer of historical fiction. His first novel THE MASTER OF VERONA detailed the history and origins of the Capulet/Montague feud. Published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2007, it went to paperback in September 2008. Two sequels followed: VOICE OF THE FALCONER and FORTUNE'S FOOL (2013 Editor's Choice by the Historical Novel Society), along with a collection of short stories, in what is now called the Star Cross'd Series - with another book, THE PRINCE'S DOOM, slated for release in 2013.
David has also begun a second series of four projected novels under the blanket title COLOSSUS, which concerns the Roman/Jewish wars of the 1st Century, AD. Parts one and two of the saga, STONE & STEEL and THE FOUR EMPERORS, have been released thus far. Part three, WAIL OF THE FALLEN will be released in 2016.
In 2013 he released and received a warm reception for HER MAJESTY'S WILL, and his original play, THE EVE OF IDES - the story of the night before the assassination of Julius Caeser - was published, and given a staged reading at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival.
His horror short, REMEMBER ME, was published by Grey Matter Press in their Dark Visions collection, and he joined in a partnership with internationally-regarded stage director and fight arranger Rick Sordelet to form Sordelet Ink, a company funding book promotion and the sponsorship of new writers and playwrights.
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