The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The central issue in the performance was basically the clash between Religion and Theatre. The Divine Sarah Bernhardt was to perform a controversial play and two young seminarians were ordered to deliver her a letter that forbids her to perform it. She replies that she will offer the church an answer onstage. Before the performance, I had knowledge that Religion and Theatre had conflicts, mostly because Religion has conflicts with nearly every aspect of life. However, I didn't realize the extent of which Religion was truly threatening Theatre. The performance didn't exactly change how I view the issue, but instead reaffirmed what I already know to be true; the hypocrisy of Religion needs to be exposed, and the arts need to be available, as well as encouraged, for everyone to experience. The subject matter does, in fact, have a relationship to something in my own life. I grew up in a strict Christian family, and another thing, I'm a lesbian. I haven't gone to church in years because it feels like I don't belong. This is completely wrong because church is supposed to make you feel whole and loved, but instead it makes me feel inadequate and shunned.