I was probably the last person to arrive, therefore the entrance was empty which was not what I expected, at all, however, as soon as swiped my Gator 1 and stepped in the theater I realized everyone was already seated anxiously waiting for the play to start, the light was dimming and the curtains were about to open, so I quickly grabbed a vacant seat at the back of the theater and got ready to appreciate the play. While I didn’t get to choose my seat I realized that by sitting at the back I had an ampler view of the stage and because of how the stage is set and the seats arranged connect to the play’s appealing and touching moments. As soon as the play started I noticed the lights dimming on top of the audience and brightening the stage, focusing on what everyone should be paying attention on. Lighting is crucial, I would even say that it may be one of the essences of the play. It leads the audience throughout the changes in scenery, highlights what the director wants us to focus on and also helps us distinguish time. Ultimately, I believe the environment played a key role on my experience and certainly does help to achieve the good life.
One of the perks of going by yourself is that the chances of meeting someone new increases, and that was exactly what happened. During the break I met Jake and Gabriela, we discussed what we had watched so far. All of us had different points of view about what we had witnessed, so it ended up being quite an interesting conversation, in which I acquired a broader knowledge of what the play attempted to express so far. As soon as the second half began I went my own way and continued to watch it by myself. On end of the play I joined a group of people that were commenting on the characteristics, aspects, techniques and topics the play presented (picture below). We also discussed the what was said on the Q & A, especially how each question was answered. Personally I noticed the actors reluctance to elaborate their answers. The shared experiences have a role of increasing the knowledge and enhance ourselves, making every experience much more valuable and undoubtedly contributing to the Good Life.
The performance most likely directly affected my way of seeing the world, my decision making skills and my raw knowledge of how the world used to operate several years ago, although many issues are still relevant to society nowadays. Set in 1905 in Quebec City, the Canadian play raises a few polemic themes. Two of themes that most intrigued me and that are also present in the booklet are “Moral and Ethical obligations” and “Social oppression versus privilege”. Both themes are based on the moral and cultural values of the time, what was intriguing to notice was the way in which those were expressed by the actors, through a series of accurate and well-rehearsed techniques. I clearly remember how vivid and intense the acting was, with no exceptions.
Throughout the play the characters constantly struggle to make sane decisions, regarding important issues. For example, when the boss decides to disguise the poor working conditions in order to protect his industry or when Michaud hinders his love for theatre to protect his place in the church. Some of those cases even made me reflect about the political situation in my home country, where the powerful and wealthy politicians constantly make immature decisions that usually do not comply with their moral and ethical obligations. Additionally, this play made me more aware of the importance of change, acceptance of new ideas and most importantly the significance of art (all forms) in modern society.