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The Artist’s Journey: Anthony Luciano – Week 1 - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

The Artist’s Journey: Anthony Luciano – Week 1

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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

Holy moly, loyal readers, I’m brand new! Day 1: Bagels, coffee and a blog request? A blog? I don’t think I’ve ever even read a blog. This is my first time, so blogophiles, be gentle.

And now a beginning into the beginning: I’m Anthony, the Assistant Director on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Hannah Ryan (the Second Assistant) and I make up the directing support team for this big ol’ thing. And yes it’s a big guy (more on this later). I’ve just finished my first year as an M.F.A. Directing student at UCSD and am still pretty new to San Diego. I moved here from New York (where I’d been living for 7 years) to attend school, and until getting off the plane in August had never once set foot on California soil. It’s been a big change: I think I might be the only one who loves the June Gloom (I grew up in Vermont).

I’ve done a lot of work on Shakespeare and have wanted to spend time with Chris, so when I heard that Midsummer was happening at the Playhouse I did my best to pester my way aboard.

And so far so very good. We’ve got a pretty amazing team (including UCSD alumni Maritxell Carrero, Anjee Nero, Jenny Slattery and Neil Patel — maybe others?); some really amazing moments planned; and Mendelssohn mixed with original compositions by Mark Bennett. A lot of fellow current UCSDers also: Rebecca Salzer, Samantha Watson and nearly the entire second year acting company are all with us.

I don’t want to give away too many secrets right off, but we currently have 4 rehearsal rooms running (and vocal work in the dressing rooms makes 5) at the same time, and already some pretty amazing stuff has been made. So stay tuned: I’m thrilled to be working on the thing and I’ll make sure to tell you all the stuff I’m not allowed to say.

Farewell sweet playfellows…