The Divine: A Play For Sarah BernhardtBy: Annie Braune
The Spatial Experience: When entering the theatre I wasn't really excited about it or looking forward to it thinking that it would be boring. But when I sat down and got to reading the program I became more excited for it to begin. My seat location affected my experience in a positive way, I was fairly close to the front just above the aisle they walked through so I thought that was pretty cool. The size of the theatre contributed to the experience because it was a smaller theatre so it was a more intimate performance.
The Social Experience: I attended the performance with a few friends. To get ready for the performance I read these questions so that I knew what I would have to write about after seeing the play. I also read the synopsis of the play so I at least knew a little of what it was about. I think attending with friends enhanced the experience of the play because during the intermission we could talk about what we thought about the play so far.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The central issue addressed in the performance was children working at a factory that operates under hazardous working conditions and poor labor laws. I didn't know very much about this issue except that it was something that happened back then. The performance changed my views on the issue because it helped me learn more about it and what would actually happen.
The Emotional Experience: As Dr. Pagán said, theatre presents "topics that are socially uncomfortable, politically contentious, religiously irreverent, or culturally radical." I found this statement particularly true in this play because it was about an issue that is not normally talked about and may be something that is socially uncomfortable to talk about. The play gave us a opportunity for katharsis because near the end they were coming clean about the factory being a dangerous place to work, not only for young children but for everyone.