The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Mindy Higley

The Spacial Experience:

I was really excited to revisit Constans; I had already seen Spring Awakening there and had high expectations for the show. The lobby wasn't very full when I arrived, and I was able to check in quickly. My friend and I were seated near the front row on the right side of the stage. The stage scenery, even with the stage lights down, seem impressive and imposing. I had forgotten my glasses, so I felt very lucky to be placed so close to the stage. Since I had taken theatre appreciation, I started to dissect certain imagery that the set designer chose to use. The audience was very talkative before the performance, but there was an impressive hush over the crowd as the house lights dimmed and the stage lights brightened.

Inside the Lobby

The Social Experience:

I attended the good life performance with my friend Shawn. We live on the same floor, so to get ready we put on nicer clothing and walked to Constans. Before seeing the show, I found background information on Sarah Bernhardt to provide some context. It was satisfying to be able to talk to somebody about what I was watching and made the experience more engaging. Directly after the show I ran into some of my old friends from high school and we were able to chat about the performance. It was very pleasant to have a shared experience with so many people.

Shawn and I, taken on the balcony right above Constans entrance.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience:

Before attending the play, I was slightly familiar with who Sarah Bernhardt was. Throughout the show I felt as though the actress who played her portrayed how incredibly accurately ostentatious Sarah was in real life. I thought the play overall covered incredibly important issues for their time, but also paralleled many issues that society is seeing today, such as class disparities. The play itself wasn't well organized and it was often hard to follow all of the issues at once, but I felt it mimics real life because there are always many stories occurring simultaneously and very little overarching purpose to how they are related.

Standing outside of the Constans Theatre entrance.

The Emotional Experience:

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt deals with many issues of social injustice. During the talk back, the man who played the Boss of the factory spoke about how it struck him that a lot of the complications faced by the people who work in the factory have counterparts in today' society. These include not being able to make an appropriate amount of money to support their family and struggling to get out of hard times that they were born into. It was very easy to sympathize with the workers in the factory, especially because my family has gone through economic hardship. This play allows the audience to reflect on the current political climate, and inspires them to want to try to change it for the better, or at the least understand the struggles of other people even if they have not experienced them themselves. I found it to be a very important moral lesson based on actions that harm those who cannot help themselves.

A photo of me in the lobby directly after the performance.

All of the photos were taken for the intent of being used in this Adobe Spark presentation, except the introductory photo which is referenced below.


Created with images by Renaud Camus - "Le Jour ni l'Heure 8156 : portrait, 1876, dét., de Sarah Bernhardt, 1844-1923, par Georges Clairin, 1845-1920, Paris, musée du Petit Palais, dimanche 11 mars 2012, 16:47:23"

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