THE SPATIAL EXPERIENCE:
As I entered the Constans theater, I was oddly enthusiastic about the production. I had heard friends mention how good the play was and the moment I entered felt as if I was about to partake into the collective enjoyment. My friend Danilo and I sat near the back to get a wider field of view without the proximity inhibiting the experience. We also decided to sit near the middle to obtain the best auditory experience. I felt sitting close to the stage would have limited not only our view but our experience. Sitting in the back allowed us to view the play in all its glory. Once the play started and the lights dimmed, the aura of having everyone in the room experiencing it at the same time as me made the experience much more exciting. You could practically feel everyone's excitement as the show started. The space allowed for a more entrancing immersion which supplemented the overall effect of the play.
THE CULTURAL AND INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCE:
This play dealt with some pretty controversial issues such as clergy molestation and child labor in the early 1900s. There were times during the play that the atmosphere felt tense among the audience and the stars of the theater later revealed that feeling was essentially deliberate. I was aware of the child labor laws that rose to fix the atrocities that existed in factories at the time and seeing it before my eyes made it much more visceral than I expected. These were atrocious acts but I realized it was important to realize that this occurred in the 1800s during the industrial revolution and demand for factory-produced goods would have incentivized most capitalists to engage in this activity so it is difficult to outright place blame and important to recognize the state of the period. My friend, Danilo, disagreed as he felt the issues were objectively morally wrong though it provided a fresh perspective.