The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt The Good life performance

The Spatial Experience

Pictured above is the Reitz Union, which contains the Constans Theatre. I had been to the Reitz Union before and seen the Constans Theatre, but had never been inside; there was a nice-looking setting set up on the stage when we entered the auditorium. We had pretty decent seats located about 8 rows back on the left side of the auditorium. The small-sized auditorium made it easier for me to connect with the characters in the play and follow along. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted, I felt excited but had no idea what to expect. The role of place in the Good Life is to provide us with an environment to learn and succeed. The auditorium environment allowed us to watch the play and learn from it.

The Social Experience

The above pictures show me at the theatre before and after the play. I attended the performance with my friend, Hugh, who is in my lecture class and lives next door to me in my dorm. To get ready for the performance, we read the description of the play and made sure the proper attire was ready to be worn. It was fun having someone to attend the play with, but it didn't enhance the experience since we couldn't talk or communicate during it. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life is to have a partner to learn and grow with, and someone to help you and be there for you along the way.

The Emotional Experience

Pictured above is Sarah Bernhardt speaking to Talbot. The play provides us with an opportunity for katharsis by showing us what some of the negative aspects of life were like in the early 1900s. Since the time when the play took place, there have been many drastic changes in the world, including child labor laws, the banning of sweatshops, and many workplace regulations. These huge differences make us, as humans, thankful that we do not live in such time and it makes us thankful to see the improvements we've made.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Pictured above is Talbot and his mother when they first arrive in Quebec City. The story takes place in the early 1900s when child labor was peaking. Before the play, I knew that most child laborers working in sweatshops for long hours with horrible conditions, and there wasn't much regulation. The performance reinforced my views on the subject; it proved how bad the conditions in sweatshops actually were. In the play, the characters worked long hours, worked seven days a week, the workers had a lack of benefits, and they were underpaid. It supported everything I already knew about child labor and sweatshops.

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