The Good Life Play Kapil Sirivolu

Spatial Experience

Excited to get my pamphlet!

When I entered the building, I immediately turned left to face the immense Constans theatre. Upon entering the theater I was in awe that I could get a seat so close to the stage. Once the light dimmed and the audience quieted, all my surroundings disappeared and I was immersed in the on-stage action that suddenly grasped my attention. The size of the auditorium allowed me to feel overwhelmed by the many of other students that were listening with me. The role of place in the Good Life is to help individuals understand where they stand in life.

The Social Experience

Front facing pic of myself in front of Constans theatre!

I attended the play with one of my female associates. In order to prepare for this performance I readied myself an hour before and studied up on the general background and plot of the play so I could understand the context if the play was presented in media rés. By attending with friends I was able to bounce my ideas of the play off of them and also gauge their thoughts and perspectives on the various situations occurring through the play. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life is to be able to associate with and connect with other individuals over similarities.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The central issue addressed in the story deals with the clergy stopping play actors from performing. I knew very little about the subject matter before attending the performance, although I had researched a little to learn the setting a time of the play as well as reading that the performance would involve plays. I was taken aback when I found out that the main character was sexually harassed as a young boy, this issue coupled with the idea that the main character would not testify against this man's evils for his own benefit helped me draw parallels to some situations presented in modern pop culture and issues in today's world. I realized that although I would not stand for such things I understand the actions taken by those who make these decisions. The subject matter does not have a relationship to anything happening in my life.

The Emotional Experience

I believe the final moments of the play were intended to give the audience a sense of catharsis when the older priest who violated the main character confessed to his sins and all the others he had affected in his lustful ways received justice when the document with his signature was sent to the police. While listening to the talk-back the performers in the play facilitated my journey in reaching this conclusion. I also learned how the actors learned about themselves and how they believe they transformed as individuals by being in this play.

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