The Cultural and Intellectual Experience - By Melissa Gurney The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt

Photo with cast. (Written permission granted from Aubree Stillman and Samantha Micallef)

The performance helped me see the many aspects of the problems that were prominently in our society at the turn of the 20th century and in a way that presented them all at once. While these problems still exist, the fullest and possibly the most extreme cases occurred during this time period. There were many large issues addressed in the performance such as child labor, societal classes, and sexual abuse by priests. I knew a majority of the information relating to these issues but I had never seen them presented all at once or performed live. It is in this way that the performance changed my views on this. While the subject matter is not related directly to my life, it does have a lasting affect of its effects on society and the performance of it was very moving.

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Melissa Gurney with all written permissions granted

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