I had the idea for By the Hour first in 2014 when I met a woman researching middle-aged sex workers in Yokohama. It took more than a year to get the project moving. The original director, who was going to help the other performer (Naoe Kawamoto) and I devise the piece, left the project before rehearsals started, which left us only six weeks to create the show based on research material that only one of us could read (Naoe, because she was Japanese).
Most of the scenes were physical with minimal dialogue, but there were a couple of introductory scenes at the beginning and end of the show that had to be bilingual and concisely explain to the audience what we were doing and yet still be character-driven. I’m still quite proud of my work there.