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Outside of McGuire Theater and Pavilion
The Spatial Experience: The auditorium infrastructure was impressive. I always passed by the Constans Theater, but this was my first time entering it. This also marks my first time going to a play. The auditorium itself was spacious and reminded me of a movie theater. I sat in the middle of the right wing of the auditorium. My view of the stage was great and I was able to capture every moment. The dimming of the lights and silence of the audience definitely added a dramatic effect to the play. The size of the auditorium did not have much of an effect on my experience. However, its size made the setting seem more official and professional. Theater has a substantial role in the good life for those who genuinely cherish it. It is a place for self-expression, creativity, and reflection. This could serve as a sacred place for those who appreciate its value.
Outside of lobby (I am pictured on the left)
The Social Experience: I brought my roommate who has easily become one of my best friend that I have made since I started school. Attending the performance with a friend substantially made a difference on my experience. I was a little skeptical about attending the play because I am not a huge fan of the performing arts. I did not do anything in specific to get ready. I am glad I went with a friend because we were able to reflect and share our thoughts on the play with each other. It is always beneficial to hear another person's interpretation or opinion on a matter in order to have multiple perspectives. I believe this is an important aspect of the Good Life.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: A cultural issue addressed in the performance pertains to the internal conflict that Talbot. He must decide whether or not he wants to sacrifice his own personal needs for the greater good of his family. However, this proves to be difficult due to the fact that he must ignore his own desires, which include exposing the priest for his abuse, in order to provide for the family and ultimately attain the good life which, in this case, Talbot would achieve through priesthood. Before attending the performance, I had been a firm believer in telling the truth in situations where it provided closure and internal peace, regardless of what was at stake. Although I still continue stand by that belief, I have gained a greater understanding of the difficulty of telling the truth in certain situations where silence may seem to offer greater benefits. I have not personally experienced this internal conflict to the extent that which Talbot did, but it is common.
Outside of McGuire Theater and Dance Pavilion
The Emotional Experience: The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides a sense of catharsis because it should force us to reflect on the moral and ethical issues addressed in the play. The "socially uncomfortable, politically contentious, religiously irreverent, or culturally radical" issues that are raised in this performance are applicable and relatively relevant in modern society. They should often be contemplated and questioned on our path to a good life. The opportunity of catharsis presents itself we allow ourselves to "come clean" about issues that involve these topics and embrace the outcome.