My Spacial Experience:
As soon as I entered the Constans Theatre I immediately felt a sense of unknowing. I was unaware of where I was or what the play was going to make me experience within myself. My seat gave me a more prominent experience as I was in the more focal point in the middle and towards the front to where I could hear and visualize the experience as a whole to its fullest extent. As soon as the lights dimmed and everyone silenced I felt an ominous and anxious rush through me as the play began with the snow blowing in the back. The relatively small space provided for a better quality experience with a closer interaction to the cast, stage, and sound effects. "Place" in the good life could represent both your physical place in the real world and where you are mentally. Your physical place could be a home with a sense of comfort while in your mental state you are full of discomfort and fear. It could be the root of happiness or lament.
My Social Experience:
I attended the performance alone but felt a common sense of weariness and not knowing what to expect just like all the strangers around me. To get ready I read a summary of the play and its main themes and concepts it would try to get across to me. Shared experiences in the Good Life are very crucial. They give a sense of belonging and worth to your life when you share experiences with other people you value as well. You get a welcoming sense of community that is unrivaled by any other means. (The empty ramp signifying me walking down this path alone, unknowingly approaching something I little idea about)
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience:
The performance helped me better understand our societal norms with its displaying of the inequality in both economic and social status between the working class families and the top 1% like the factory owner and Sarah Bernhardt herself during the industrial Revolution in cities like Quebec City. It helped change my perspective on my views more than my actual views. I always knew the cliché stereotype of the top 1% and everyone else suffering, but it really put it into a relatable and obvious dilemma of a mother providing for her two sons. Also the issues of child labor were very prominent and insightful enough, along with the overall theme of escaping work was enough to make me realize my own place in society is up there and I should be very grateful. It relates to my life because my mom is a working class woman and has to provide for me and my sister to go to UCF and UF and I feel as if she does so much for us and has to put up with so much from her boss just to provide us a better life.
My Emotional Experience:
Katharsis is apparent in the play’s central themes. Throughout the entirety of the performance many obvious issues are sprung up and put on display. Anything from child labor to working conditions are guilts that someone at the top of the hierarchy chain has to deal with. “The Divine” doesn’t work mainly to make these issues prominent, but to instead cause us to find similar issues within ourselves and “come clean” to admitting them and eventually release or resolve them by whatever means we deem best.
Adding to my Social experience the talkback provided me exceptional insight on how each individual cast member dealt with the play. They explained to us the emotional preparation and how they each connected to the major themes of the play. They described the trials and tribulations they faced on how to make the play’s meaning more easily understandable to the general audience and within themselves too. It provided a social indulgence within the mind of the people who performed the play themselves.