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The Artist’s Journey: Anthony Luciano – Week 6 - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

The Artist’s Journey: Anthony Luciano – Week 6

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Each week, The Artist’s Journey will provide an insider look at the creation of a production, from first rehearsal to opening night, through the eyes of one of the show’s key players.

Anthony Luciano is an M.F.A. Directing student in the UCSD graduate theatre program and is Assistant Director on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Anthony Luciano

Anthony Luciano

We recently had our first preview—holy moly. A couple little things here and there, but mostly we had a great first view!

For previews, we show the play at night and then rehearse fixes and trouble spots during the day for four hours. It’s a funny time: you really have to race through from one thing to the next, and sometimes there’ll be many things happening at the same time (yesterday we had the orchestra rehearsing offstage, while we were rehearsing a completely different scene onstage—oy). A typical preview day for me, as the Assistant, works like this: Chris gives notes to the actors for the first hour (Hannah, the second Assistant Director, takes notes on Chris’ notes), while I try and catch up on paperwork. Hannah comes in with a work list that came out of the note session with the actors. We scramble around and update the work list from the previous night to include the things from today. Chris begins working. Once the new list is ready we take the old list away and give him the new one. Hannah gets him coffee, I follow him around. Chris remains calm. I get tense. We take a ten, I get a cup of coffee. Somehow he hits all the work notes. We take a two hour break for the most of which I pace around pretending to do something. We reconvene. The play begins. Chris is calm, Hannah is calm, I pretend to be calm. Chris gives actor notes to me, tech notes to Hannah. After the play we have a production meeting; I compile a work list on my iPhone; I email the work list; I go home. Begin again.

Oh, and I am sleeping late. Alarm goes off at one time, I’m actually up an hour later. I’ve never had so restful a preview period: I usually get four hours of sleep if I’m lucky. Something right must be happening around here….

“We are to utter sweet breath; and I do not doubt but to hear them say, it is a sweet comedy!”