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The Artist’s Journey: Anthony Luciano – Week 7 - La Jolla Playhouse Blog

The Artist’s Journey: Anthony Luciano – Week 7

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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, the play is open! And I hear people like it—great news!

It’s a little funny to have a show playing so close to where I live; usually I’m out of town a day or two after opening. I’ll be reading the performance reports and checking in here and there, but mostly my Midsummer days are over for now. My summer vacation begins, and though I’m excited for the time off, I’m a little sad about it.

In the meantime, I’m going check out San Diego—it’s coming on a year since I moved here and I have yet to really venture into town—before heading off for a whole lot of domestic traveling: Chicago, Michigan, San Francisco, Redwood Forest, Vermont and New York! Mostly all wedding travel (with some trouble fun thrown in here and there)—looks like I’m spending my summer entirely with people in love!

My time at the Playhouse has been really great, and I don’t think I quite yet get that I’m not actually a full time employee—this is a real testament to how welcoming the entire organization is! And thanks y’all for reading, it’s been wonderful to share this whole thing with you, and I hope we’ll get to do it again real soon! And now to be a little shameless: I’ll be directing Hedda Gabler this year as part of my time at UC San Diego with many of the students in Midsummer and some you’ll see as residents next year. We’ll be in the Playhouse’s Forum Theatre in February, so c’mon by and say hello.

Thanks again for having me, y’all, and I hope you love the play as much as I do!

“So farewell friends, thus [this blog] ends; Adieu, Adieu, Adieu.”


  1. The show was great overall. The only drawback was the casting of two of the main characters, the two young maids who both appeared to be fifty-ish. It was downright distracting. All the members of our party were bothered by the same observation. Surely some younger talent must be available for such roles…


    8:43 pm

  2. Hi Stacy,

    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:



    We are glad you enjoyed the production overall and thanks for your feedback!

    Marike Fitzgerald
    La Jolla Playhouse Local Casting Director


    8:35 am

  3. Thank-you, thank-you. Theater is alive & well at La Jolla Playhouse! Love this production & want to see it again. Just delightful. This is why I buy season tickets.

    Barbara Schoenberger

    9:08 pm

  4. Fantastic production..i too thought the lovers should have been younger but it only took me 10 minutes to become completely engaged and wrapped up in the actors…gonna go see it one more time…great job all over.

    steve mize

    8:10 pm