I'm supposed to be the guy who hates naturalism.
I've always thought abstractly - through theme and variations rather than narrative.
I try to present something that is full of time. Not timeless, but full of time. I never like a work where we try to update it, but it's still not interesting to see a work that is dated. If one is successful, then a work can be full of time. And time is very complex.
I think that in my plays you can come in for 20 minutes and get something out of it. I'd like to do a play that would run for days. I don't think time is that important. Nature doesn't hurry the sky, the changing clouds and sunsets.
Everything in Wagner's work - the music, the acting, the staging - stemmed from the text. Everything served to interpret the text.
As a very young man growing up in Texas, usually I got a shotgun or cowboy boots for Christmas.