In this picture featured on the title page, you see me leaving the theater after a great performance.
The Spatial Experience
When I entered the auditorium, I was taken by the beauty of the set. All my life, I had been accustomed to seeing a bland play production set. Seeing a well-built set gave me confidence that the performance quality would match and that the message of the play would be well communicated.
I do not feel like my seat had any impact on my perception of the performance. The show was very well interpreted throughout the theater. With that being said however, I do feel that people who were closer and able to see in higher detail probably received a more certain emotion about the production versus those who sat further. For instance, a person below the actors would be able to interpret more subtle facial expressions giving them a fuller perspective. Furthermore however, they might not be able to interpret the bigger picture as well as someone farther behind them. I felt that when the lights went down and the audience quieted, I was going to watch a high quality performance. Every aspect of the physical environment was well executed by the crew, including the manipulation of audience.
When we talk about the good life, location is essential. It is the cornerstone for the beliefs of a given community because people with certain beliefs will be within close proximity to others who will have beliefs of their own. When people interact, beliefs are exchanged, deleted, modified, and born. These unique combinations are responsible for the production of unique environments. This is why place is so important to the manufacture of a good life.
This image illustrates the importance of Place in any given community in the pursuit of the good life
The Social Experience
This photo shows me outside of the theater by myself, ready to enjoy the experience with strangers.
In this picture, we see a group of friends who have an influence on each other, even if they don't know it.
Although I went to the performance alone, I felt comfortable conversing with others around me about their anticipations of the performance. While many people were not as excited to be watching a play on Thursday night as those who were, I believe that the reactions of these people did not reflect their expectations. For many, it was their first time watching a college level theater performance, and so their expectations were mostly beaten by reality.
This explains the role of shared experiences in the good life. Just like place, people are unique in any given population. The interactions people have with each other will warp the perceptions of those around them creating a multitude of different social values.
I believe that the purpose of enjoying a play is to gain some value from physically seeing people on stage. Additionally, watching a performance with a group of other people who you know or don’t know adds value to your perception of people’s minds. You can learn a lot about someone by watching their reactions. As we have seen late last year, friends and families were torn apart by their positions on the presidential election. Were these judgements necessarily accurate? I believe they were not. Making snap judgements about others and the situation only leads to faulty reasoning. This is a huge disaster when communities and individuals alike attempt to pursue their good life.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
This image shows a diverse community, which is a key factor to achieving a good life.
I believe that the most pivotal person in my perception of our culture is the devious priest. His character truly illustrated the answers to my curious inquiries relating to the fulfillment of self-imposed standards of individuals in our communities other than ourselves. In other words, he helped me understand how people live up to their own standards. Although he was a priest, he stole and fought when he should strictly restrain these types of behaviors. Particularly because he was a priest, this message was extremely amplified. It proves to me personally that any person is susceptible to breaking their own standards no matter how high those standards might be set. The other priest set a similar example when he pursued his passion for play writing even as his religious order forbid it.
For all these reasons, I believe that the message of this performance was to prove that while people may impose universal beliefs onto one another, beliefs are generally going to have opposition. One person may not want to live in a world of standards drawn up by other people. We as humans are unique and creative creatures that grow and transform individually simultaneously with our environmental adaptations.
Before attending the play, I was very novice to the concepts of play writing and the content of the play itself. I learned a lot about the time period and the ideology of the people who lived in it. After hearing all of the characters involved discuss the issues in the plays and reacting, I believe that my perception has changed to encompass those who are undermined and manipulated by the higher orders. The priest and ladies in the play particularly fell in-line behind their higher powers in a manner that displeased them. This type of society deters people from pursuing their good life.
With all this being said, that doesn’t necessarily mean that this society is a bad society. Perhaps the majority favors their ideals and would like to continue living with them. It is important to always keep your lens shifting to encompass the grand scale and all perspectives. This usually means that there are conflicting ideals and that we must refrain from labeling someone else and their ways of life.
The Emotional Experience
This picture shows Michael Jordan expressing his emotions in the form of crying. It is important to share and interpret your emotions to keep them under control.
The emotional side of the play was truly apparent in the room during the performance. I do not believe I saw anyone else looking for the emotions of those around them because they were so captivated by the players. I took the matter into my own hands to observe the reactions of audience. Before the play, several groups of people were complaining and conversing of how they wanted to leave the theater. While this is not helpful, they did successfully express their opinions and relieve their negative emotion in order to move forward through the play.
After making this observation, it was quite clear that the people who complained were actually open to the idea of enjoying the play, which most of them ended up doing. Their reactions were those of movie goers watching an Oscar quality production which is likely due to the fact that their general emotions were overcome. They did not want to see the play, yet at the same time, they did not want to extract no value from their time spent. The fact that they communicated the wrong emotions to their peers resulted in their new emotions taking a strong observable form.
Watching the play gave the play viewers an opportunity at catharsis because it allowed them to open themselves up to the truth about their expectations. The play did this by casting actors strong enough to influence the audience into reinterpreting how they felt not only about being at the performance, but also about how they interpreted their everyday emotions as well. Being able to assess how you feel about something is a key factor in determining how we act towards that type of thing.
Overall, I enjoyed the plot, acting, and setting of the play. I found myself reevaluating several of my stances across the spectrum and learning new things about my peers and self. I would recommend it to others and I am grateful to have been forced to attend.