FEED continues its look at Soho Rep’s thirty-fifth anniversary season with this Artistic Director interview. Daniel Aukin is in conversation with Time Out New York’s Theater Editor David Cote. The conversation ranges over Aukin’s early years in theater, as well as the work he did to cement Soho Rep’s reputation as a new writing venue.
Originally presented during the run of THE UGLY ONE on February 16, 2012
Also in this series: FEED35: Marlene Swartz in Conversation.
DANIEL AUKIN’s acclaimed production of 4000 MILES (LCT3) by Amy Herzog will be re-opening at LCT’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater in April 2012. Daniel most recently directed THE UGLY ONE at SoHo Repertory Theatre, and the critically acclaimed world premiere of THIS by Melissa James Gibson at Playwrights Horizons and the Mark Taper Forum. Other credits include: BACK BACK BACK by Itamar Moses at Manhattan Theatre Club, Arthur Miller’s A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Arena Stage, Melissa James Gibson’s CURRENT NOBODY at Woolly Mammoth, Elmer Rice’s THE ADDING MACHINE at La Jolla Playhouse. As Artistic Director of Soho Rep., Daniel directed Mark Schultz’s critically acclaimed EVERYTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT (world premiere), Melissa James Gibson’s [SIC] (OBIE award for direction), Quincy Long’s THE YEAR OF THE BABY (world premiere), Mac Wellman’s CAT’S-PAW (world premiere), Marie Irene Fornes’ MOLLY’S DREAM (world premiere, OBIE Award), and Melissa James Gibson’s SUITCASE (also at La Jolla Playhouse). For other theatres: Melissa James Gibson’s BROOKLYN BRIDGE at the Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis and Mat Smart’s THE HOPPER COLLECTION at the Huntington Theatre. Upcoming projects include the musical adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE with Michael Friedman and Itamar Moses for Center Theater Group. Daniel was Artistic Director of Soho Rep (1998-2006) where he commissioned over fifty new plays though the Writer/Director Lab and produced many premieres garnering eight OBIE awards, four Drama Desk Nominations, two Kesselring Prizes, and one Oppenheimer Award.
DAVID COTE (Moderator) is theater editor and chief drama critic for Time Out New York. His essays, criticism and reporting have appeared in The New York Times, The Times (UK), The Guardian, Opera News and The Best Plays Theater Yearbook. He is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle and appears as a contributing critic on NY1’s On Stage. He has written companion books to the Broadway musicals Wicked, Jersey Boys and Spring Awakening. He teaches arts criticism at Brooklyn College. Fellowships: The MacDowell Colony. In addition his journalism, David is an early-career playwright and librettist. As part of the HERE Artist Residency Program, he is developing The Scarlet Ibis, an opera for young adults with composer Stefan Weisman. He’s also writing a trio of operas with Robert Paterson tentatively called Fetish. The Gingold Theatrical Group also commissioned his play Otherland. More information at www.davidcote.com.