The Spacial Experience: The opportunity to see live theatre should never be missed. Live actors standing on a stage is much more encapsulating than watching a movie on your laptop. The setting of a theater implies a certain etiquette that we may not all observe on the day to day. I immediately shut off my phone for the fear of it going off during a show, and I didn't dare whisper. When a hush goes over the crowd because the lights dim and we all take that cue, it makes you feel like you're part of a collective group. The pressure of being part of a crowd makes most people behave and it's pleasant to be a part of that. My seat was in the middle section not too close but not too far back so it was a perfect view of the actors and actresses. I think that the role of "place" in the good life is that a certain environment provides a certain experience. Being in a nice professional setting where they didn't allow backpacks or food inside made it more enjoyable and special. It was much better than being in a sticky movie theatre where people talk and text the entire time while simultaneously throwing popcorn. I think that there are many environments that we pass through every day, but spending more time in some over others can prove beneficial over time. It's all about balance.
The Social Experience: I went to the performance with my friend Audrey. We ran in together almost late and were swept off of our feet by the ushers who showed us to our seats after we got some quick photos. Watching the show with somebody that I know made it more reassuring when I was a little confused at the start. Being able to whisper to someone and make sure they were confused on the characters too was nice. It was also less shameful being a little late when you have somebody with you, and we could look back and laugh about it later as well. I think that sharing experiences with others makes it more memorable and helps to shape the story better. Interacting with others makes things a little more unpredictable, and definitely a little less stressful. Having someone there to make sure you're in the right place and you're remembering to take pictures makes things less stressful than running around a part of campus you don't know well alone.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The play is meant to take place in the late 1800's to early 1900's in Quebec and its main characters are in school to become priests. This was a completely different era religiously and politically compared to North America today. The play addresses the classic dispute between The Theatre and The Church. I went to an arts middle school and high school and was a theatre major. It was a constant struggle between censorship and the arts. Often times copy right rules wouldn't let anyone censor the play so the school wouldn't be able to do it because of school rules about what is and is not appropriate. I believe that the arts shouldn't be censored because everything in a piece of art has a meaning. The play write didn't throw in a curse word so that they'd look cool in front of their friends, they put in a curse word to keep the script true to the characters. I think it's interesting how much greater of an influence The Church used to have. It's still relevant today, but no where near as powerful as in that time frame.
The Emotional Experience: This play offers opportunity for katharsis, or coming clean, because of Talbot's decision to make about his abuser. It is revealed that he had been abused for years by an older priest and is promised a free education for him as well as his kid brother if he lies about why he got in the fight with the older priest. This is a moral dilemma for him because on one hand he'd love to help his poor family, especially his brother, but on the other hand there's the thought of revenge. If he is to let the priest go without the truth coming out, then he could abuse another which makes lying dangerous. Coming clean would be difficult though because the offer is such a sweet deal. His mother and brother are working in terrible conditions in a shoe factory day in and day out to make ends meet and support Talbot. This emotional decision was complicated and kept the audience wondering what the morally right thing to do would be.