The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt IUF1000: The Good life

Introduction

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt was an interesting way to address a very dark historical event. Although there was a bit of humor, the play's overall tone was very serious and left the audience wondering how such events could actually happen in real life. The night at the theater created a spatial, social, cultural and emotional experience.

In front of the Constans Theater

Spatial Experience

In terms of where I was sitting, I got one of the best seats in the house. Directly in the center, second row we sat right behind the director of the play. It greatly enhanced the production since we saw everything the way the director intended it to look. So yes, place does have a great importance in having a good time. But in terms of the good life, place is not a huge factor. The right person can make the most of any situation no matter your "place".

Social Experience

I attended the play with two close friends, Bekah and Connor. It greatly enhanced the experience because having them made it a lot more fun and enjoyable. It is easy to become bored in plays you don't find interest in, and hearing their opinions helped me to focus. Shared experiences are essential to the good life because that is where your happy memories come from. There are few good memories I have that do not involve another person.

Cultural Experience

The central issue of the play was how child used to be treated in the workplace and how priests have abused their power in the Church. I knew nothing about the subject matter beforehand and was surprised when I found out the plot of the production. I, thankfully, cannot relate personally to these situations but it did shine some light on the conditions people had to work it to survive. Luckily, though child labor is diminishing more and more, as with sexual abuse within the Church. However it is sad to think that somewhere in the world it is still occurring.

Emotional Experience

The play gives us the option to come clean by allowing us to admit that really bad evils do still exist in this generation. Yes, the play was set in an earlier time period, but that doesn't mean tragedies like it do not still occur. In third world countries children are still used as hard laborers and sexual abuses are constantly occurring in homes, schools and workplaces. So the play allows the audience to realize that the world has not changed drastically since the time period of Sarah Bernhardt.

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