As I entered the Constans theatre the setting on the stage amazed me. The realistic stain glass windows really brought me into the setting of the play, it made me feel as if I was in Canada at the Grand Seminary. I was seated off-center, but pretty close to the stage, which almost made me feel as if I was a part of the play. As the lights dimmed, the audience silenced and it made me feel as if I was the only one there watching. The audience was small, but didn't really effect my spatial experience at all. Having a good seat, quieted audience, and realistic setting really adds to the good life.
I attended the performance with my friend Emily. We didn't really do anything special to get ready besides make sure we had our gator 1's. Attending the performance with a friend enhanced my experience because I was able to discuss what happened in the play afterwards. Sharing an experience with someone plays a major role in the good life because being around people instead of being isolated usually creates more happiness and communication.
The central issues in the play were composed of moral and ethical obligations as well as social oppression versus privilege. I only knew that the play was supposedly about an actress trying to put on a play in Canada before attending. The performance changed my views because it showed me how much religion was against the pleasure of theatre in that time and age, but then it also showed me the scandal in the seminary. The working conditions in that time period really opened my eyes as well to the dangers and oppression of the time. This subject matter doesn't relate to anything occurring in my life.
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides us an opportunity for katharsis by forcing me to realize all of the blessings I have in my life. I am fortunate enough not to live in a time and place of such poverty and oppression. I have also been lucky enough to not have anything traumatic happen in my life, like molestation or a sibling dying. The play really made me feel very grateful and appreciate my life.