Upon entering the auditorium I was first surprised at how spacious it was. I had never been inside the Constans Theatre but I had passed by the entrance on many occasions and never imagined it was so big. I was lucky in that I was able to sit on the side of the audience with one person very near the stage. Upon sitting I began to detail the set and all its parts. Once again I was surprised at how intricate the play would be; I had not attended a performance in years. The theater was alive with voices, but once the lights dimmed everyone quickly fell silent. As soon as the play began I felt excited. As I previously mentioned I had not attended any sort of performance in years, and so I had forgotten the magic of the arts; how it can make you forget everything else if not for a couple of hours. Being as close as I was I was able to pick out every detail of the set and the performance. I could observe how well prepared the performers were, never breaking character. Overall I felt completely lost in the performance, and this was enhanced by the dim lights, quiet space, and extravagant theatrics as well as the intricate set. I find it important to find time to occasionally attend performances like these, as I feel they make us forget then remind us what is really important in life.
I attended the performance alone but quickly made a friend in the person sitting next to me. We did not know much about each other but it was interesting to see how similar our reactions were to what was happening in the play. At times we would look at each other and make small comments on the content, so it was a very interesting play. I am glad I went alone because it gave me the chance to explore a new person's views through art. More than this I got to share the experience with this person and everyone in the theater. Shared experiences have monumental value in this life, at least that is what I believe. Of course, it is always important to experience things on your own, to allow yourself to reflect on your own values. However, shared experiences lend a hand to better understanding others and what motivates them. It also provides a platform to discuss ideas and personal thoughts. As far as what they contribute to the good life I find that moments are meant to be shared with those we love and who love us back.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
In all honesty I am still not sure if I understand what the performance was about. At times it seemed to be about certain aspects of society but later this changed. However, I was able to take some central topics: poverty, struggle, abuse, honesty, religion, and resilience. The main takeaway I had from the play was how our past experiences stay with us and in many cases weigh us down. I will provide an analysis through one of the main characters, Talbot. From the beginning we are left to judge Talbot for his demeanor. He is a young man who has come to the seminary to escape poverty at the great sacrifice of his mother and siblings. Despite this he is always bitter and rude towards those who surround him. We later learn the reason for his demeanor and it seems that, like almost all characters in the play, he decided to set aside his own beliefs and anguishes. This especially resonated with me as I often feel that I put my personal feelings aside for the sake of society. When speaking of society I mean social obligations to school, my family, etc. I know I am not the only one who does this; ignoring our truths and hiding from ourselves.
As I previously mentioned the arts provide us with a means to forget our daily lives, but at the same time it exposes us to ourselves. In performances we see our own lives through different character, and we are able to reflect on our own problems as if they were not our own. After, as we analyze plots and characters we realize that we are truly analyzing ourselves, but art gives us the excuse to do so without looking too deep into ourselves, an act which many fear. In many ways this is the process of coming clean. We observe our truths through others and deal with them. The Divine made its audience explore its own sings and hidden truths. More than this it made us face the realities of life and our roles in them. I guess in this sense we do come clean. We come clean with ourselves about our faults and our attributes. This was most often done because of Micahud's difficulty grappling with the injustices of the world. As he struggled the audience too was allowed to contemplate on how we struggle and deal with these realities.