The Good Life Performance of "Judgement at Nuremberg" at the Phillips Center Julia Adams

The Spatial Experience

The building was beautiful (especially the fountain out front) and I was shocked at how large the auditorium was. The building looks big from the outside, but I was truly impressed with the theater. I sat towards the front of the balcony with my friends, but I remember being worried that we wouldn't be able to see well because we were looking down on the stage, however, that ended up not being the case at all. Our seats were great and it seemed as if you would be able to see the stage well from anywhere in the auditorium. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted I got anxious because I really didn't know what to expect from a play that was so similar to a radio show. I had never heard of anything like that before. The size and beauty of the auditorium made me appreciative of the life I have; I go to a great school which has great resources and events, like this play, I am truly grateful for that.

The Social Experience

I am really glad that I chose to attend the performance with my roommate, Alexa, and her good friend, Santiago. The three of us got dressed up and went to dinner together before the show. Attending the play together made the experience more comfortable, so I felt more open-minded and relaxed. It was also nice being able to discuss the play together afterward, and talk through some of the themes expressed throughout it. Attending with strangers, many of whom were obviously "Good Life" students, made the experience feel more like a connected and shared event. The role of shared experiences in the "Good Life" is to connect people. Shared experiences bring people together and have the ability to inspire new ideas and concepts that might not have been obvious through the perspective of just one person.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The performance helped me develop a new way of seeing and understanding our own culture by bringing me to realize that there are two sides to every story. The setting of this play takes place in Nuremberg, Germany, a relatively short time after the end of World War II. The central issue addressed in the performance was that of a trial done by an American prosecutor who held a very Americanized interpretation of Germany's actions during World War II. As the performance went on, he realized more and more that there is not a single story for what happened there. The issue at bay was much more complex than just right and wrong or just black and white. I did not know much about the subject matter before the play, besides some basic WWII and Holocaust history, however it did change how I perceived Germany as a whole. I understand now that not everyone there were these evil people who backed Hitler; in fact, most of them didn't even know what he was doing. The play gave me another perspective to see these complex issues through. The subject matter could honestly relate to any argument I ever had. In an argument, both or all of the parties think they are right because everyone has their own version of the story or their own perspective on the issue, but it's really not a bad thing. It can be very beneficial to consider the other side of any story to get a new perspective or more compelling evidence. Carful consideration and a comparative approach are the best ways to resolve issues, or in this case, judgments.

The Emotional Experience

Judgement at Nuremberg provide us an opportunity for katharsis because it shows us that considering both side of a story, though we may not want to, can be beneficial. It also allows us to empathize with these characters in a way that is totally detached from our own lives. Empathy is a really important character trait to humanity, and is something that this play really emphasizes.

The following picture was taken upon leaving the performance.

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