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Christopher Ashley explained this decision in his 8/3/10 interview on KPBS with Maureen Cavanaugh:
CAVANAUGH: You know, it also has been remarked upon that the young lovers in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” have been transformed into sort of middle-aged lovers…
ASHLEY: That’s right.
CAVANAUGH: …in your production. Tell us what the thinking was about that decision.
ASHLEY: Well, the characters are so articulate in Shakespeare and one of the experiences I always have when I’m watching a Shakespeare play and see young lovers, I think like what 20-year-old speaks like that? Who has – who speaks in like poetic metaphor and has that kind of control of language? So I believe it a little bit more in somebody who’s lived more life, and also as someone who’s middle-aged myself, I find myself very moved by the stakes of trying to find love in the middle of your life where you don’t have infinite numbers of love affairs coming, where the stakes are higher and the urgency is really high. And I think it helps the comedy actually of the piece that all of those people need to find love right now.
You can listen to and read the interview here:
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