Simon Stone was born in Basel in 1984 and grew up in Cambridge and Melbourne. He belongs to a species that is rarely found at German theaters, that of “writing directors”. Whenever Simon Stone deals with classic pieces, they undergo a transformation from the past to the present time – with respect to text, esthetics and contents. This is what happened, for example, in Sydney and Melbourne at the stagings of Chekhov’s “Platonov”, Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck” and Seneca’s “Thyestes”. In Europe “The Wild Duck” and “Thyestes” were staged at the Ibsen Festival in Oslo, the Wiener Festwochen, the Holland Festival Amsterdam, the Theater Amandiers in Nanterre and at the festival Theater der Welt in Mannheim curated by Matthias Lilienthal. Stone just completed a film adaptation of “The Wild Duck” and was producing “John Gabriel Borkmann” by Ibsen at the Burgtheater Wien as a co-production with the Wiener Festwochen and the Theater Basel. Starting in summer 2015, Simon Stone is serving as in-house director at the Theater Basel.
With “Rocco und seine Brüder” by Luchino Visconti, the “movie nerd” – as Stone calls himself – will for the first time present an adaptation of a film classic for the theater in his debut appearance in Munich.