Good Life Performance By: Brandon Godfrey

The Spatial Experience:

When I entered the theater, I felt almost nothing, actually, I felt extremely bored. I do not care much for performances, and the theater looked plain. I sat in the front row of the theater, this let me have a better view of the play, but I had to turn my neck when the actors moved beyond the stage, but that was fine. When the lights dimmed, my mind automatically told me to stop everything I was doing, and focus on looking forward, so I felt anticipation. The role of place in the Good Life is to help you find out where you belong, where you feel safe, and where you feel like you can express yourself.

The Social Experience:

I did not attend the play with any of my friends. I sat next to a complete stranger, but he and I bonded over the fact that we did not want to watch the play. How did I prepare for the performance? I put on a t-shirt, gym pants, socks, shoes, and I walked to the theater. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life serves to relate you with other human beings, to make you seem like you fit in due to the fact that you have done the same things that other people have done.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience:

The central idea of the play was poor working conditions in factories and how corrupt the priesthood can be. I knew about the poor and unsafe working conditions of factories via my history classes in High School, teaching me about the industrial era. The performance had no impact on my views, most of what happened in the play just proved that what was written in the history books was completely correct. This subject matter has nothing to do with my life, at least not yet. In the future I may be subject to the same kind of mistreatment if I am to pursue a career, but then again I might not. So as of right now, no, it does not impact my life.

The Emotional Experience:

This play did reach me on an emotional level, by making me feel pity for some characters, and anger against other characters. Clearly the clergy was portrayed with the stereotypical priest molesters and victim boys and that depicts how something holy can be something completely opposite in reality. The working conditions in the factory also show just how screwed up and depraved a business owner can be just so he can make money. Poor pay and safety really shows the dark side of where our shoes and other items come from.

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