The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Jensen Thompson

The Spatial Experience

The Constans Theatre is absolutely gorgeous. I wish I could have taken a picture inside of the theatre to display it's beauty. When we walked in, the first set was already up with a lighting effect that looked like stars inside of a church, absolutely mesmerizing. I sat right in the upper middle of the theatre, the best place to be for a play because you can see everything that's going on from all directions of the stage. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted, I felt anxious and excited for the play to begin. The size of the theatre is pretty small which allowed for a personal experience during the play.

Box Office Shadow Box, Constans Theatre. Jensen Thompson. 2017.

The Social Experience

I attended the play with a group of my very best friends: Ali, Bliss, and Danielle. For the play, I changed out of my usual casual attire into something more appropriate for the theatre to show some respect for the performers. Attending the play with friends made the experience even more enjoyable. Experiencing new social events with people you love the most is one of the most important aspects of obtaining the Good Life for me personally.

Uncle Sam Sculpture, Constans Theatre. Jensen Thompson. 2017.

The Cultural & Intellectual Experience

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, took place in the early 1900's, the time of the Industrial Revolution. The play brings to light the poor working conditions of factories and unethical employment of children for extremely small wages. From taking American History in high school, I'm well educated on the industrial revolution and the social revolutions that arose because of it, such as the Knights of Labor. The performance really didn't change my views on the subject matter; although I think we have the Industrial Revolution to thank for our technological advances in our society, I still think it was a time of hardships and unfair employment practices for majority of factory workers. Even in today's day and age, women are still subject to poor working conditions and wage discrimination all over the world.

Ceiling Art, Constans Theatre. Bliss Wilson. 2017.

The Emotional Experience

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides us an opportunity for katharsis because it allows the viewers to know that standing up for what you believe in and not succumbing to the pressures of society is absolutely okay. Speaking your opinion on social matters is an important aspect on reaching the Good Life. We have opinions to be heard by all and we should never bite our tongues. Sarah Berndhardt's speaking of her opinion on factory workers ended up sparking a social revolution that helped end a lot of social injustice in early Northern American society.

Pamphlet, Constans Theatre. Jensen Thompson. 2017.


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