The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt By Aaron Gaskin

Constans Theater Lobby

When I first entered the building I wasn't sure I was in the right place, there wasn't as many decorations and artwork in the theater as I was expecting but it was nice. I managed to get a very good seat being in the middle section about 4 rows back from the front that gave a perfect view of the entire stage without being too far back to not be able to see the actors leading to a great experience. I was a little excited when the audience quieted because they didn't just turn down the lights to signal the start of the play, they also had some snow falling in the back of the stage as well which was a nice touch. Something unique that happened when the play started was the actors actually were moving around the auditorium and weren't just on stage which made the play seem more lifelike to me. This all leads me to better understand how place itself can help with the good life, because while you can achieve the good life in any number of ways, having a place that is comforting and not stress inducing and nerve wracking helps achieve your good life because who can be happy if they can't relax?

Picture of me next to a Constans Theater artwork piece (full picture doesn't show in Spark)

I went to the performance by myself but I didn't feel like the odd man out, I talked with a couple of strangers seated next to me before the play started to make it less awkward and find that I rather enjoyed watching the play despite being surrounded by people I don't know. It might have helped that I dressed up a bit before attending the performance so that I wasn't wearing shorts and a T-shirt while everyone else is wearing suits and such. I found that while I didn't see the play with a friend, I do have friends who went and saw the play already and having shared this experience brings us a little closer together. This is a very important part of my Good Life because friends and family are very important to me and sharing experiences and memories deepens our bonds and makes the time we spend together even more precious.

Picture of the set before the play started

One of the central issues that I saw being addressed in the play was the hardships poor people had to go through on a daily basis just to survive, let alone trying to escape the cycle of being poor. Before the performance I knew that in the time period that this play took place there was horrendous treatment of factory workers, terrible wages, and almost no possible way to escape poverty. However, after watching this performance I now understand just how horrible these factory conditions are and how there was a way to escape poverty by becoming a priest, whether you wanted to or not. I can see this relating back a little to my life and the lives of other college students because we all have passions and hobbies and while there are people who can make a living off of them, there are plenty who cannot. So rather than follow your dreams and likely end up poor or unable to support a family, people choose an engineering or finance degree that pays well despite them despising the job .

Picture of my playbook after the play

While I was watching this play I was caught up in the whirlwind of emotions and experiences that the play incorporated. I felt the pressure on the upcoming priest by his family to become a man of God and escape poverty, I felt the enthusiasm and wonder by Michaud when he met face-to-face with his star, Sarah Bernhardt. This play highlights these aspects and many more so that the audience can take note of this and compare it to ourselves. By doing this we can grow to be better, treat those who have less like people and not dirt, those that are different like fellow students and not weirdos. This provides with a chance to "come clean" and become better in all aspects of out life by recognizing and fixing the flaws


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