The Spatial Experience
The Constants Theater evokes a formal and proper atmosphere. Upon entering, I felt comfortable and sensed tranquility. This feeling continued as we took our seats. Due to our early arrival, we managed to sit front row. The location of our seats increased the experience significantly due to our ability to recognize every little detail. The audience quieting simultaneously as the lights dimmed astonished me, for such a simple act as the lights dimming managed to quite a theater filled with students. Although the size of the theater was great, I failed to feel overwhelmed or crowded during the play.
The Social Experience
I attended the performance with a good friend, Christina. Before the play, we went to dinner at Bento Sushi and read the brief description of the play together. Attending the play with a friend and classmate allowed us to share our insights of the play with each other and build on our knowledge of the theater and the good life.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The performance shed an abundance of light on the hypocrisies that existed in the 1900’s. The performance successfully addressed societal vices such as the status of Catholic Church and Child Labor Laws. Before attending the play, I knew bit of information regarding the impact the Catholic Church held over the community. However, I have studied Work Factories and Child Labor Laws previously in school. Learning about the power of the Catholic Church opened my eyes to the harsh reality that is our society. Although I have never experienced anything as extreme as the actors in the play, I do recognize the hierarchy imposed on today’s society.
The Emotional Experience
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt offers society prospect for katharis by creating a vulnerable atmosphere in the theater. As exposed in Dr. Brown’s talk, vulnerability is necessary for connection and forming relationships. So, by producing a sensitive environment, the performance allowed the audience prospect to view oneself and scrutinize the immoralities that exist. The play also created a judgment- free zone, for the performance judged the vices of society, but would not reciprocate that back onto the audience, allowing the audience to open up emotionally and “come clean.”