The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt BY: BRYAN FIATA

The Spatial Experience - Upon entering the theatre I was very intrigued to see the set having no idea what the play was to entail. It was the first glance and hint into the era, and style of the play. The size of the theatre was comfortably small, nothing like the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Ga where i'm from. When the lights dimmed I felt the excitement, finally getting to see the first characters enter the stage. My seats were as good as any, pretty much dead center and a perfect distance from the stage. In regards to the Good Life, space plays an important role in feeling attached and connected with the plot of the play.

Entering the Play

The Social Experience - Being apart of a fraternity, I luckily had a couple other people with whom I could attend the play. We rode over together and were discussing the last time any of us had attended a play, which turned out to be never for both of them. We took a couple pictures before the play started and looked through the program to get an idea about the play. Going with friends makes the whole experience more entertaining because you can bounce ideas around and discuss situations that came up throughout the play. In general humans are social beings and being social is an important aspect in experiencing the Good Life.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience - Before attending this play I had not heard anything pertaining to the era or situations that unfold. This play is set in the early 1900s and opens up immediately with class inequality, Michaud being privileged and Talbot being poor. There were also hints of gender inequality when we saw all the women working in the shoe factory with their male boss. In relation to my own life and society in general, there is not much of a comparison. We have come a long way since the early 1900s but there are still problems, especially between rich and poor. However, this experience has taught me to understand the privileged life I have been granted and to cherish it.

Leaving the Play

The Emotional Experience - Multiple characters in the play undergo katharsis and come clean, in turn teaching the audience how to do the same. Michaud comes clean about theatre throughout the play and doesn't seem to care what others think. Bernhardt represents katharsis in the the most. She is a wealthy women who isn't afraid to speak her mind but eventually comes to realize the consequences for doing it. Not only that but she discovers how the less fortunate live and who makes the shoes. The play all in all teaches the audience to be good people and take life for what it is.

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