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Comments on: The Artist’s Journey: Anthony Luciano – Week 7 Wed, 01 May 2013 15:38:27 +0000 hourly 1 By: steve mize Wed, 18 Aug 2010 02:10:19 +0000 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.

By: Barbara Schoenberger Thu, 12 Aug 2010 03:08:30 +0000 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.

By: mfitzgerald Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:35:19 +0000 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

By: Stacy Tue, 10 Aug 2010 02:43:58 +0000 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…