Waiting in the Constans Theatre Lobby
The Spatial Experience
Walking into the theatre I did not know what to expect. I was seated in the first row above the pit, not quite in the very center. From my seat I could see the play very well and hear well also. Due to the size of the theatre, I would imagine that there is not really a bad seat in the theatre. My seat allowed for me to watch the play with ease, a straight on spectacle. I did not have to croon my neck one way or another. Where one is sitting, and their surroundings could definitely contribute to their experience. This idea can be related to everyday life as well.
The Social Experience
I attended the performance by myself, but this did not detract from my experience. If anything, I believe it allowed me to have a more centered focus on the play. I enjoy experiencing things with friends, absolutely, but I also enjoy doing things alone. Doing things with friends, or at least other people, is important to me. Sometimes you get the most out of situations when you have someone to share it with.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
Before attending the performance I had little knowledge of who Sarah Bernhardt was or when the story of the play would have been taking place. I walked into the performance blindly, as a way to not set any expectations. The only issue addressed in the play that I had some prior knowledge of was the child labor. I did not know much of monasteries in the 20th century. I was able to gain new knowledge from the play on that matter, and others. The subject of sexual abuse resonated with me, for although I have never been sexually abused, someone very dear to me has. My friend is somewhat like Talbot in that he chooses to forget about it, and is somewhat of a jaded person. I have run into the situation of whether to tell someone about his experience and injustice, or to not tell something that does not belong to me as Michaud did.
The Emotional Experience
The Divine gives us an opportunity for katharsis by introducing topics that may be taboo otherwise. For some, the play may be helpful in providing support. The audience may be able to come clean through the simple awareness that the issues presented are real issues. Most of the issues contained in the play were not just issues in the time setting of the play, but continue to be standing issues today. The way in which these issues are presented and resolved stand out to the audience. As humans, we cannot help but to feel sympathy and emotion throughout the play.
After the play, walking out of the Constans Theatre.