Archive for March, 2007

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Harold Pinter’s play, “Old Times”

March 22, 2007

Dave, Andrea and I went to see the Harold Pinter play Old Times at the Oxford Playhouse on Tuesday. Old Times by Harold Pinter

Dave had seen The Birthday Party in LA many years ago but neither Andrea nor I were familiar with Pinter’s work. We were really impressed with the superb performance and delighted that there was a cast discussion afterwards.

It’s one of the most challenging pieces for actors since it’s hard to stay grounded with so much ambiguity being the point. I can’t say more without getting in over my head, sorry. Here’s a synopsis, though, from oxfordplayhouse.com:

Kate and her film-maker husband, Deeley, live in an isolated farmhouse by the sea. The harmony of their lives is disturbed when Kate’s friend Anna comes to stay. They reminisce about old times – sharing a flat together twenty years ago as young secretaries in bohemian London. As the three recollect their own versions of the past, the lines are blurred between memories and reality, desire and loss. A battle for possession begins in which the past and present finally merge with shattering consequences…

Following on from last season’s Waiting for Godot, Sir Peter Hall returns to direct Janie Dee (Betrayal 2003) and Neil Pearson (Taking Sides 2004 and The Real Thing 2001) in the work of great British playwright, Harold Pinter, winner of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Hope you have the chance to see a good cast perform a Pinter play.

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Miss the pooch

March 17, 2007

She is such a beautiful girl! We’re missing so much of Nikki’s youth to be here, but she is in good hands.Nikki, 18 months old

She looks a little sad, though.

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New face to maryyaeger.com

March 17, 2007

I couldn’t stand it any more. I just slapped a new front page onto maryyaeger.com.

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Luminox

March 16, 2007

Luminox

Dave and I rode our bikes over to Broad Street, to view the Luminox “fire festival.” The display had a satisfying primitive quality, with little electrical illumination to detract and atmospheric live music to accompany.

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What a great place!

March 13, 2007

 

It seemed to hit both Dave and I at the same time tonite. What a great choice this was for our sabbatical. Is it just the positivity of Spring at work, that suddenly we’re noticing the effects of six months of extra time to indulge academic and aesthetic pursuits? Living here in Oxford, I especially appreciate the preservation of centuries of treasures and greater refinement in just about everything. Food of course is the exception!

This weekend all electric lights will be extinguished on Broad Street for a festival of fire called Luminox. Another reason we’re glad we can walk there in ten minutes.

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Some Badges

March 11, 2007

Hysterectomy Badge

A client ordered this badge as a gift for her sister, who had a radical hysterectomy.

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Is this it?

March 11, 2007

 Mary

I’m an artist who is known best for my embroidered merit badges about female rites of passage. Over the past decade I’ve followed my urges to explore medieval imagery, beadwork, miniature theatres, and the arts and crafts movement. I’ve kept embroidering and sought to weave together the many strands I’ve got tangled up in, always seeking a way to blend contemporary and historical ideas.

Dave and I have had the enormous good fortune to spend a sabbatical year here in Oxford. What a great time to celebrate turning 50. Our adventures will certainly take up a large portion of my postings, as will my research into traditional English embroidery, illuminated manuscripts and William Morris.

“animary” is the name that has stuck and speaks to my single attempt at computer animation, as well as my constant effort to keep up with the creative tools of technology.

I do wish things would move along a little faster, but as usual the process of creating seems too slow.