The Good Life performance was an amazing visual story and compelling new play about the power of art in our lives, the horrors of censorship, lies and secrets, and the destruction of innocence. The play gave the audience insight into some of the prevalent issues that people faced during this time period as well as the "details" behind the oppression of the church in the early 1900s. The performers were incredible actors who were able to tell this story which contributed to the overall performance which was incredible as well as informative, and the actors were unbelievably talented.
The Spacial Experience: I've never been in the Constans Theatre before, so going in was a new experience for me. The architecture and inside of the building was very nice and it felt like a real, professional theatre, not just a college theatre. The ambiance of the theatre was very professional and inviting, which made me excited to see the show. My seat was located towards the back in the middle row, but I didn't feel as though it affected my viewing experience very much. In fact, I enjoyed being towards the back of the theater because I was able to see the entire stage, rather than if I were in the front rows where I would have to be constantly looking around the stage to see everything. I was able to take in the full scene from where I was sitting. When the lights dimmed and the audience got quiet, I became very excited to start the performance. I was excited to see what the performance entailed and what the actors were going to do in order to encapsulate the message behind the play. The medium size of the auditorium didn't affect me much because once the performers were acting, I didn't even notice who was sitting around me, I was completely entranced by the performance. The role of place in the Good Life is to provide the right environment for the occasion. Being in a nice theater for the play enhanced my experience by allowing me to become completely immersed in it. This play contributes to my perception of the good life because it portrayed how underprivileged people can overcome their struggles and make it through tough times. It also displayed the pressures within a family and how all of the expectations can be pinned on one kid; this play also demonstrated ones ability to overcome these expectations and "make peace" with the things that are out of their comfort zone.
The Social Experience: Attending the performance with friends and strangers was very beneficial in my case because it gave me the opportunity to discuss the play and gain more insight and perspective by attending it with others. I got to learn about their perspective of the play and see the event from different angles. I didn't do much to prepare for the play because i didn't know what to expect going into it. I've never attended one before so I wasn't sure of what to wear or bring. I picked out a casual black dress and tried to match my perception of what i thought was appropriate to wear to a play. After I got dressed I met up with my friends and brother at the play and we all sat down together, briefly interacting with those sitting around us prior to the start of the performance. I think going to this play with strangers and friends contributed to my idea of the good life because it strengthened my relationship with my current friends and allowed for new ones to occur. Being surrounded by those you are close to, and those who love you (family/my brother), is a very crucial part of my idea of the good life; having these close relationships are essential and definitely contribute to my perspective on the good life. Also, by experiencing events with others gives you someone that you can talk to about the event or life in general or anything that happened. Sharing experiences with others is important because having others to talk to is part of experiencing life to the fullest.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The central issue addressed in the performance was the struggle between religion and the rest of society, the part of society that relished in pleasure, looks, money, etc. The one main conflict throughout the play was that Talbot didn't want to speak up for what really happened to him, he wanted to forget it ever happened. Prior to the play I did know that in the early 1900s and even still today that Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion practiced there. The Catholic faith has the childish joke/rumor that goes around that the priests sexually assault or even rape the young boys of the church and this play revealed that it is no joke, it really does happen. This play changed my view on how privileged we are and how we can take things for granted without even realizing it. This play also revealed the severity and seriousness of the issues addressed and how they are no joking matter as well as the truth behind what happens and how it effects those of the church. It isn't a rare occurrence either according to the play because Brother Casgrain was assaulted just like Talbot was, by the same man too. The subject matter of the play and the main issue doesn't have a personal relationship with me, but it caused me to sympathize with the characters of the play and for anyone who has had to experience such a traumatic event in the past and even now.
The Emotional Experience: This play in particular provides the opportunity for purification in the way that Talbot is trying to suppress the sexual assault that happened to him by the priest at his past school; however, his new acquaintance, Michaud, is desperately trying to get Talbot to tell everyone the truth of the event. Michaud is the one who exhibits the "release" in the play because although the emotional and mental disparity doesn't apply to him, he is the one who eventually reveals the truth to the police about what the priest has done and to whom he has done it to. Michaud's sudden obsession with Talbot's life in the beginning is inevitably what led to him discovering the truth of Talbot's troubled past and forcing him and everyone else to "come clean." Michaud's letter to the police is the catharsis moment in the play that showed the audience that when someone has been wronged and that person does not have it in himself to speak up, someone else who truly cares will.