The Spatial Experience: Putting the theater in the John Wayne Reitz Union is appropriate and interesting because the Reitz is a place for exchange, but the space of the theater feels more secluded since it has essentially its own wing. Upon entering the auditorium I was very impressed with the lighting, props, and stage. It is obvious there was attention paid to acoustics and presentation. My seats were good because I was in the middle and close to the aisle so when the characters go up and down them I could hear them closely and I felt close to the action without being a part of it. This was important because with bad seats I might have disliked the play even more. When the lights dimmed and the audience quieted I felt like nothing was going on around me aside from the play. I thought the size of the auditorium was relatively slow so the fact that they did not use microphones at times made it hard it hear. Place affects the good life when it significantly enhances or reduces the experience.
The Social Experience: Before I attended the performance, I showered and got dressed as if i was going to a relatively formal event like Sunday mass. Two friends of mine picked me up from my dorm and we parked at the Reitz. On the way there we discussed our expectations and leading up the play we learned more about the play and each other. Going with people I knew made the experience more positive but i had strangers to the side of me and they had interesting perspective during intermission. The plot of the story was focused on social change and a social experience so that made the experience very philosophical and cerebral. I believe all the best events are those you spend with some level of audience, some more private than others. Attending sporting events is one thing that crowds add to the experience and family parties are a good place for real bonding. Shared experiences enhance the Good Life because they help us relate to others, which is helpful as a social glue.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The performance helped me develop a critical lens for a period in American History where social justice was not exactly the highest item on the agenda of successful/rich people. It helped me see how other people lived and provided a medium for me to make a decent comparison and contrast to my own life. The central issue of the performance was the incongruousness of what people valued and what mattered to them at the end of the play. I knew nothing about Sarah Bernhardt but i knew some information about working conditions for poor people at the turn of the century in factories and things of the like. The performance did not change my opinion on the subject matter. The subject matter has weak connections to events in my life and therefore there isn't any relevant to share.
The Emotional Experience: The performance offers some level of an opportunity for coming clean. Some of the relationships illustrated have become antiquated or are in the process of doing so. The performance is useful but is not exactly the most effective way to do so, at least within the context of this play. This play has many levels and offers many useful conclusions and does all the things that is stated in the online lectures. In this way it is like most art that is used as a megaphone for drawing attention to social injustice. While it does its job, it is limited in its capacity to bring people to action. Overall the performance was a neutral experience.