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5 minutes with a Tony nominee: ‘Stereophonic’’s Daniel Aukin

The Tony Award-nominated director peels back the curtain on his partnership with David Adjmi and the play’s esteemed company of actors.

Daniel Aukin poses at the after party for "Stereophonic" Broadway opening night (Credit: Valerie Terranova/Getty Images)

Daniel Aukin has spent much of his career Off-Broadway, directing plays like Mia Chung’s “Catch as Catch Can,” Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles” and Joshua Harmon’s “Admissions,” “Skintight” and “Bad Jews.” Formerly the artistic director of Soho Rep, Aukin made his Broadway debut in 2015 helming  Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love.” Aukin marks his Main Stem return with the 13-time Tony-nominated play “Stereophonic.”

Aukin began his collaboration with “Stereophonic” playwright David Adjmi before a script for the drama even existed. (If you ask Aukin, there were about 20 pages; Adjmi says there was an idea and a lot of research notes.) Over the past 10 years, Aukin has helped shepherd the drama first to its premiere Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons and now to its surprise Broadway bow.

Here, Aukin describes shaping the play on the page, experimenting with its intimate ensemble and creating a simultaneously epic and subtle theatrical experience.

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