I had never been to the Constans Theatre before January 22nd, so I did not know what to expect when I arrived. I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the theatre, as it wasn't too big, and everyone could get a good view of what was happening on the stage. I was seated at the front left of the auditorium, and I had a great view of the performance because no one was inhibiting my view. When the play began, the reporters quickly rushed in front of where I was sitting, which I thought was pretty awesome. I really liked the lighting of the play, as most of the time it was dark and enhanced the setting of Quebec city in the early 20th century. I was really impressed with the stage design, as the crew could easily turn beds into factory machines. Place is very important in the good life because in order to find the good life, you have to be able to appreciate where you are. In Siddhartha, Siddhartha finds his place at the river and not with the child people. Place is very important because you want to find somewhere that you are comfortable with.
I attended the game with my friend Eric pictured to the right above. Before the performance, I ate lunch so I wouldn't be hungry during the performance. There was a tornado warning at the time of the play so I borrowed my cousin's car to get to the theatre. I sat next to my friend and some strangers. Attending the concert with my friend was cool because we got to talk about what parts we liked and didn't like after the play. Shared experience is important in the good life because others can point you in the right or wrong direction in life, and it is important to find good supportive friends.
Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The performance made me really appreciate the culture that I grew up in. I was fortunate enough to grow up in a well-off and loving family, during a time where social classes don't totally prevent you from getting a job. Talbot, on the other hand, was born into a poor family during the early 20th century, where his options were to become a factory worker or a priest. Talbot had to endure so much pain and suffering to become a priest, and I could not even imagine going through what he had to. The central issue was whether to come forward about the terrible things in the church, and whether to conform to societies pressures or pave your own path. I had learned in history classes about how corrupt churches have been, especially during the time of Martin Luther. The performance provided more emotion than any history book could've ever provided. The performance teaches you that you do not have to cave into societies pressures and endure abuse. The performance does not specifically relate to my life, but it does relate to my parents belief that I can be anything I want to be, and I should not let others negatively influence me.
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt is very powerful, and by looking art the audience I could see that it made many people very emotional. The play was able to add comic relief to the play with Sarah Bernhardt and Michaud's dialogue, but it was very somber towards the end of the play. Talbot's brother died because his mother's boss was trying to cover up the fact that he was using children as a cheap form of labor, and right around that time Michaud found out that a Church Father was sexually abusing his disciples which included Talbot. The play was incredibly sad, but an incredible change of emotion happened when Michaud revealed that he had sent the police a list of names of people who had been sexually abused by the Church Father. Talbot hugged Michaud and emotion and a wide range of emotion was cast. The play provides a moment of Katharsis as Talbot was finally able to "come clean" about the abuses he endured. That moment when the two hugged, the play went from showing the terrible parts of life to showing something so great. That hug provided catharsis throughout the whole audience. Life is not smooth and there are many speed bumps in life, and it is important to overcome and find meaning through the suffering which Talbot and even Michaud did.