The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By: Amanda Rosenberg

Me at the play before it began

The Spatial Experience: As I entered the building, I was astonished that there were so many people. I felt excited for the play to start because I love theater and watching people perform. I thought I would get a good seat because I got there early, but my seat ended up being close to the back of the theater. The location of my seat did affect my experience because I would have liked to sit closer to the stage and see everything on stage clearer. When the lights dimmed and the audience became silent, I became intrigued about one thing only, the stage. Everyone's eyes instantly were removed from their phone and directed towards the speaking actors. The size of the auditorium was not too big, which made the play better. If the auditorium was large, there would have been worse seats and I would have felt less connected. The role of place in the Good Life is very important. Place can affect connection, feelings, and perception of things. In "The Divine," place affected the audiences view on the play. The setting of each scene can also be defined as "place", which aided to the plot of the play.

Interesting art pieces in the Constans Theater

The Social Experience: I attended the play with two of my friends that I have known for a while now. Although I did say hello and introduce myself to the person next to me, I mainly spoke to my friends. Getting ready for this play I did not have much time since I had tennis right before. I simply rinsed off and put on comfy clothes that I would be able to sit in for a while. Attending with my friends allowed me to share the experience with them. We talked about things that we did like and talked about things we did not like. We did agree on most things and when we were confused about something going on, we could ask each other to get a better understanding. I believe shared experiences are very important in the Good Life because it is how we build connections and we build a deeper meaning to things from speaking about them to other people.

A piece of machinery in Constans Theater

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: December 1905 in Quebec is the setting of this play, which causes one to think about the time and place now versus the time and place back then. I believe the central issue addressed in this play has to due with social statuses and ethical obligations. I have known about social statuses causing people to live unfair lives in the past and I knew that having money gave people privileges and opportunities that others did not have. As for the life of a priest and the ethical obligations that go along with it, I did not know much. The performance changed my views about issues regarding wealth and issues regarding ethical obligations by making me think about the other side of things and how far we have come as a society from the past. This subject matter has a relationship to when I worked with unfortunate kids in high school by watching them after school so their parents could stay at work until late hours. Working with them makes me feel so fortunate for the life I have and the time and place that I get to live in.

Me at the outside of Constans Theater

The Emotional Experience: In "The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt," we are commonly given the opportunity for katharsis. A good example of coming clean is in the beginning of the play when Talbot steals silver and gives it to his mother as a gift. Many people know that the silver is stolen, yet Talbot assures them it is not. Talbot has to come clean in this circumstance and is given the opportunity of katharsis. This is one of many examples that this play uses of katharsis. Theater most definitely gives the audience an opportunity to look at itself and examine the less-than-noble qualities. Theater makes the audience relate everything going on on stage back to their current life. Theater also makes the audience think about what it is to be human and be happy because everyone has their own happy. Theater shows many different actors on stage with different attitudes and lifestyles, which makes it easy to relate back to each person in the audience's life. Overall, the themes that the audience takes away from watching the play are ideas that help the audience get in touch with oneself.

All photos taken by myself.

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