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Drawn from Memory

26 May

I did this drawing quickly one evening recently. I was reliving how fantastic it was seeing Cherry Jones in Mrs. Warren’s Profession in October (I’ve gushed about it previously.), and I felt the need to create a visual memory of it. Besides the brilliant acting, I was entranced by the gorgeous costumes. This was one of my favorites.

If you want to see some more behind-the-scenes images of the production of the play, go here. I loved seeing how Cherry got into the many layers of her period dresses, applied her stage makeup, and put on those phenomenal wigs and hats!


Bucket List

26 Nov

I’ve had a bucket list since I was 16, only I usually refer to it as a Things to Accomplish list, which is certainly cheerier. Over the years, my list has evolved. I’ve marked through things I’ve done, deleted ones that are no longer priorities, and added new items. So, I thought I’d share a portion of my list as it stands now.

1. See the Great Wall of China.

2. See the Egyptian Pyramids. (November 2009)

3. Live in London.

4. Write a book…

5. …and have it published.

6. Read a 1,000-plus page book.

7. Learn to sew well.

8. Go to New York City. (November 2006)

9. Visit the Musée d’Orsay. (July 2002)

10. Pass the R.D. exam. (October 2005)

11. Visit a concentration camp.

12. Float in the Dead Sea.

13. See Jane Austen’s house in Chawton, England. (July 2002)

14. Attend a symphony. (2005 in San Francisco)

15. See Fiona Shaw perform in the theater.

Nicholas Le Provost and Harriet Walter in Much Ado About Nothing, 2002. Image courtesy of

16. See Harriet Walter perform in the theater. (July 2002 in London. She played Beatrice [my favorite Shakespearean character] in Much Ado About Nothing [my favorite Shakespearean comedy].)

17. See Kate Mulgrew perform in the theater. (June 2005 in San Francisco. She played Katharine Hepburn [one of my favorites!] in the one-woman show, Tea at Five.)

18. See Cherry Jones perform in the theater. (October 2010 in New York City. She played Kitty Warren in Mrs. Warren’s Profession.)

19. Skydive. (Summer 1999)

20. Go on safari in Kenya.

21. Go to Turkey. Visit Istanbul and Cappadocia.

22. Go to Peru and see Machu Picchu.

23. See a space shuttle launch.

24. Work as an illustrator.

25. Own an English cottage–style house.

26. Visit all seven continents.

27. Visit all 50 states.

28. See the salt fields of Bolivia.

Image of the salt fields courtesy of The New York Times

29. Study Spanish and gain some level of fluency.

30. Become fluent in French (or any language).

Mrs. Warren’s Profession

9 Nov

Aside from getting engaged, the second most exciting part of our trip to NYC was seeing the revival of Mrs. Warren’s Profession from Roundabout Theatre starring Cherry Jones. I’ve been an admirer of Cherry Jones for years but had never seen her perform in the theater, which is where by all accounts she truly shines. And this role is a great one with gorgeous costumes and dialogue and an excellent supporting cast. Just look at that red dress! And those hats! And Mrs. Warren has attitude enough to match them.

The play by George Bernard Shaw is about the relationship between a mother and daughter at the turn of last century. The pair have spent many years apart. The mother (Kitty Warren played by Cherry Jones) is a successful business woman who travels frequently and so leaves her daughter (Vivie Warren played by Sally Hawkins) in England to be educated and brought up as a lady. The primary dialogue of the play surrounds Vivie’s discovery of the controversial nature of her mother’s business—Mrs. Warren is the owner of a number of very lucrative brothels across Europe that have made her quite rich and financed Vivie’s lifestyle and education. This revelation challenges Vivie’s sense of herself and her ideas of women’s role and opportunities in society.

There are some amazing scenes between mother and daughter. One of my favorite lines is in the scene in which Kitty and Vivie discuss her choice of profession: “What’s any respectable girl brought up to do but to catch some rich man’s fancy and get the benefit of his money by marrying him, as if a marraige ceremony could make any difference in the right or wrong of the thing. The hypocrisy of the world makes me sick.”

You can go here to see more.

Some images courtesy of The New York Times and