The Social Experience
Before I had reserved my ticket, my roommate and I decided we would attend the performance together. The night of the performance, we both got dressed in equally nice dresses, did our makeup, (because why not?), and promptly left to go attend the show. It was very nice to have someone to go with and talk about it with during intermission and while leaving the Constans Theatre. It was also nice to have someone to take pictures of me outside the theatre and to sit next to so I had someone there to just experience it all with together.
Having someone to share experiences with in the good life is vital. Being alone can seem like something desired by some but deep down inside no one wants to be alone. Searching for the good life can be tough and sometimes we all need help to get there, so having people to share the experience with makes it not only easier but much more fun to go through. We are all in this together so we might as well share these good times and laughs while on our journey.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
During the performance, there was many heavy topics covered that was addressed and brought to a harsh reality. The main one being poverty but with underlying issues like molestation and child labor. From previous movies/history classes/stories I was well aware of these issues that occurred not only back then but also still occurs in todays time. I think for many people these were topics they've taken note of but didn't want to become aware of just how horrible they were/still are. I didn't change emotions about those topics quite so much during the performance except that, much on the thoughts of the characters Sarah Bernhardt and Michaud, that these things should be brought to the attention of the public. Too many people are ignorant to the issues and suffer from bystander apathy (A.K.A. if it's not happening to them, then they don't need to intervene.) I felt during the performance more empowerment over the idea that those characters named before would go and do something about the issues at hand to really influence the society. I'd like to think that after seeing that play that many people would take the same example if they saw something wrong. None of these things pertain to my daily life, however I'm sure it did apply to others lives in one way or another.
The Emotional Experience
As I said above, the topics presented in The Divine, are not only harsh but looked over most of the time by those who aren't directly involved. This play gives us a perfect opportunity for katharsis and to become less ignorant of today's problems. While the people in the time could turn their heads and pretend that the issues of child labor and molestation weren't happening, we don't have to take the same path. After watching that, it should give the impression to not be like that and to take a stand about what you believe in. It gives us the chance to actually see the problems occurring and change how we react to them and do something about it. Much like the womens' rights marches that occurred all over the U.S. we can make a change and stand for what we believe in, much like Sarah and Michaud decide to do when they write about Talbot and his molestation. They made a change and so can we if we decide to embrace katharsis. It gives us the chance to evaluate our decisions and make them right after watching was happens in the play.