Daniel Gee Husson is a playwright, director, and dramaturg who also writes short stories and the occasional poem. He was a Riggio scholar and graduated from the New School in 2015. He recently received an MLitt in Playwriting & Dramaturgy and is working on a second master’s in creative writing, from the University of Glasgow. He lives with his wife in a wee cottage flat on a hill.
1. Who is your favorite villain, and who is your favorite protagonist in literature?
The first villain I remember having a great effect on me was Smaug, the dragon in the Hobbit. As far as protagonists go, I’m partial to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
2. When did you know you were a writer?
There are points throughout my life, I guess, where I could say, “That’s the moment!” But in reality, it’s something I have to rediscover almost daily.
3. What are you currently working on?
I’ve recently finished a draft of a post-apocalyptic, absurdist piece that plays around with gender roles and how people would cope with the end of the world. There’s a collaboration in the works also where we go into Govan, which is a disadvantaged and marginalized part of Glasgow, and facilitate residents there telling their stories, particularly stories they think are missing from mainstream theatre. Then there’s this eco-absurdist play, which isn’t really that absurd if you consider the state of the planet and what we’ve done to bring it to this point.
4. How has your writing process changed over the years?
It seems so simple, but I think I listen more now. That comes from the realization that my process is more than what pen I use (I’m VERY particular) or where I choose to do the actual, physical writing. A lot of my process is sitting on the bus or walking through town and just listening. When I get back to my desk—and my very particular pen—I really interrogate the scene I’m writing. Not that I take bits of dialogue that I hear on the bus and paste it into my plays, but it’s listening for what people don't say and what that means.
5. Describe your writing style in one sentence.
I don’t know if it’s a style, but I’m interested in writing the spaces on either side of “the end.”
Five Questions, by Nicole L. Drayton. Nicole is a writer, screenwriter and independent filmmaker based in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from The New School, and currently works for the university in the MFA in Creative Writing Program office.