The following slides will provide intel on my experience to my very first play, being The Divine. The Divine, at first, just seemed like a comical play that was going to have me all laughs and giggles. However, as the play progressed I noticed that it was not going to be comical at all. Little did I know that this play was about to uncover many hidden truths from the 1900's.
As I entered the theater, I began to feel excited and anxious. Excited to see the performance but anxious because I did not know what to expect. It was my first play and there were rumors that the play was not that grand. Beside, the rumors and bickers I decided to enter with an open mind. I choose to sit near the front of the theater so I could feel more engaged with the play and actors. As the lights dimmed and all became silent I began to prepare for what would come under those bright lights. The "place" plays a significant role in the Good life because it helps reinforce the ambiance. For example my excitement was further heightened when the lights dimmed, people became silent, and so forth.
I attended the play with two close friends pictured above. Before arriving we read abstracts and introductions for the play. Once seated, we began to read the program and discuss what it would be like. They too were nervous about how the play would turn out. We wanted it to be interesting and entertaining. We found that the play was all that and more. We further explored the impacts of the industrial revolution and child labor. In addition, after the play we discussed how unfair life circumstances were with some people specifically the poor and underrepresented. Thus, sharing the experience of watching the play helped spur conversation amongst my friends and I.
The play described many issues but one specifically stood out. Child labor seemed to rein the norm back during the Industrial Revolution and I could not help but notice the injustices those children and families endured. The children and families were worked tirelessly and without proper benefits. The play helped to further reinforce that point and made me feel fortunate that, that was not my reality. However, I also began to feel guilty that I was simply "just watching" some other person's reality. It made me sick that I was that fortunate to simply be sitting amongst that audience. In the end, I became more curious and because of the performance began to read and continue to read about the Industrial Revolution and child labor.
Overall, the play came clean about many injustices. Starting with, the injustice of the rape with the child. The priest had not been brought to justice for many years and at the end people were finally informed. Also, child labor too was uncovered, especially deaths that were all too common in factories which the bosses seemed to cover so well. Injustice for workers working in the factories were also elaborated by the play. The poor pay and working conditions were expressed. Hence, the audience was a witness to much "katharsis."