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Name-dropping--

So, last night, themightyemu and I went down to Richard Garriott's estate. Richard and I, you know, we go way back.

Okay, patently untrue. But athene1765was in a production of "A Comedy of Errors," and Mr. Garriott just HAPPENS to have a slightly scaled-down version of the Globe Theater in his backyard, and lets the local SCA members use his property on a fairly regular basis.

So...let's just say, you had a swimmming pool in your back yard. You worked pretty hard to maintain it, cleaning it up every week, keeping the chemical balance, and so on. You'd probably look for opportunities to have people come over to swim. You'd probably have the occasional pool party, if you had family, they'd come over occasionally, maybe barbeque would be involved.

What mental processes are involved in the decision to put a scaled-down version of the Globe Theater in your backyard? It cannot POSSIBLY be very difficult to get him to let you produce a shakespeare play there.

Frankly, I am in awe of this. We rented a house with two bars mostly because it was perfect for live-action role-playing (Two bars, three living areas--SO many options for moody scenes!) We even used the upstairs closet for a costuming room.

This feels like that mentality, writ over 50 acres.

Anyway, a nice play! Athene1765 and I were a couple for a good two years, friends for much longer--granted, she was *acting*, and her character was in a position of nerve-wracking stress (the plot involves two sets of twins, more or less seperated at birth, and a day-long period of confusion where they try to have simple business and social interactions without realizing that everyone's switching identities, and Athene played "wife's sister," continually dealing with the husband's growing perversity, obviously demonically tormenting his wife. But...it was really fun seeing someone using their usual set of mannerisms (Athene's really made for theater, she's got a lot of flourish and presentation in just her day-to-day action) to be someone else. There was a lot of "I KNOW that 'Go away, madman!' gesture! And that's 'Adore Me #2 (false praise is also appreciated but at half rate)'! Ooh, and that's 'Hold On, You're Talking Rubbish (double index finger version)'. I forget, did she get that one from me, or did I get that one from her?"

Thanks for the invite, Sam :)

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eris_star
Sep. 24th, 2007 04:54 am (UTC)
We're planning to go out there for the SCA campout this coming weekend. I'm excited!
spottylogic
Sep. 24th, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
It's very pretty! The power boaters may take away from the experience a bit, but it's a neat place!
athene1765
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:09 pm (UTC)
You're going to be there?!

!?!?!?!?!?!!?

YAY! I'm camping out too in my shiny new tent. I am utterly enthused to see you guys again.
eris_star
Sep. 25th, 2007 01:38 am (UTC)
We'll be camping with the newcomers household.
athene1765
Sep. 25th, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Generally I believe they camp near the Baronial Guard. That's where I shall be camping, also.

Regardless, I very much look forward to seeing you.
eris_star
Oct. 1st, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
It was good to see you at the event. Unfortunately, I didn't stay to see you in the play. :(
Ken and the kids went home before dinner, and took most of our gear with them so I'd have less to take home. I was waffling on whether to spend Saturday night (I really wanted to see the play), so we left the tent, my sleeping stuff, and some essential gear. I saw the evening court, but my head was pounding and I was exhausted, and when I went back to camp after court, I found that my tent had leaked (*again*, I'm getting a new tent before I go camping again), my bed was soggy, and I had puddles of standing water on the tent floor. At that point, I was just ready to go home. My friend Andrew Young helped me get the tent down and my stuff packed, and I wadded up the tent and crammed it into my trunk, and headed home.

I'm really sorry I missed your performance. Let me know when the next one is, and I'll go see it. :)
athene1765
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
.....After my helpless-laughing fit subsided, I was able to type here: "I am utterly flattered, dear, and thank you." I did try to play the part straight for a while before I decided to ham it up like Easter. I finally am capable of saying 'Well thank you, we had stupendous amounts of fun'.
spottylogic
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
Whew :) I'm always a little nervous about talking about someone third-person...
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