I attended the play with my three friends Alyssa, Emily, and Elyssa. To get ready for the performance, we read the synopsis of The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, which helped us follow along with the play. Going with my friends made my experience more enjoyable and memorable. The role of shared experiences in achieving the good life is pretty important because along the way, you are going to need people to pick you up when you fall.
The cultural and intellectual experience
The most noticeable issue in the play was social class and poverty. This issue was really exposed in the shoe factory scene where the boss harassed his workers, including Leo and Mrs. Talbot. But what took me a while to figure out was that the underlying, main issue was sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. They subtly hint at the issue, but the audience is supposed to put the two and two together. The play really opened my eyes to realizing not everything is what as it seems. Something may seem content and great, but you never know what is actually going on.
the emotional experience
The Divine: A Play for Sara Barnhardt provides the audience for an opportunity of "Katharsis" by exposing real life issues that society tries to suppress. The play does a really good job of exposing sexual abuse, poverty, power, and family dynamics by making it personal to each audience member. This allows the audience to internalize the play and react in a way that the audience realizes that these problems occur in everyday life.