You know those people who are doing a million things at once and are always strung out and manic? That's not Daniel Hees. Sure he's got multiple things on the go, but he's one of the most chill people we know, which is a perfect attribute for a director. In between his rehearsing and acting and teaching, we sat down with Daniel for a quick chat about his inspirations and bringing J'n'R to life.
What do you enjoy most about directing?
"I like using the principles that help me as an actor to help other people on their journey. What's more, I get to put my artistic vision into practice. This vision is constantly challenged and expanded by what my actors bring to the table, creating something far greater than I could ever have dreamed up myself."
Where do you go for inspiration?
"On the one hand, greats like Meisner, Mamet and Oida and their ideas have influenced me a lot. On the other hand, every teacher and director as well as every student and actor I've worked with has made their mark on me."
Who do you look up to as a director?
"I would have to name people I've personally met and worked with rather than big names whose work I admire from afar. So Raphael Batzik and Thilo Matschke from Theater Essen-Süd, David Scott and Eric Weitz from Dublin are the names that come to mind."
What are the challenges of bringing this show to life?
"The text is unbelievably smart and oozes potential, and doing it justice is a big challenge; missing any of these lovely nuances would be a crime against the audience. But I think we managed fine."
How does this production bring something new to the story?
"The way Anna and Shah portray these deep characters and their ability to establish and maintain a connection to each other is utterly unique and takes the play to a whole other level."