The atmosphere as I walked into the theatre.
The Spatial Experience: When I entered the Constans Theatre for the play, I immediately felt like I was about to watch a show on broadway. The atmosphere changed drastically from the Reitz Union to the theatre. The lighting in the room before entering the theatre was a little dim and there were pictures and art pieces to make it feel more realistic to a real theatre on Broadway for example. When I went into the theatre, I felt excited to see the play because the stage was filled with props already and a colorful background, which made me curious as to what the play was going to be about. When the lights dimmed and the audience was quieted, I felt a sense of joy because I enjoy watching plays and experiencing every aspect of the theatre. I was surprised that the theatre was filled almost to the maximum with fellow good life students. This made the play feel very realistic and everyone was very quiet throughout the play. The place where the play took place had a positive atmosphere, which made me think of the Good Life.
Leaving the theatre after the play ended with my friends.
The Social Experience: I attended the performance with my roommate and my other friend. To get ready for the play, we both put on makeup and dressed fairly similar to act as if we were going to a play in New York City. By going to the play with my friends it made a more positive overall experience because I was able to share the experience and make more memories with my friends. If my friends were not there, it would not have felt the same. By seeing the play with my friends, I was able to discuss our feelings about the play after it was over, which enhanced the experience. Since I have seen other plays in the past, I was able to discuss the good and bad aspects of the play with my friends and how it was the same and different to other plays we have seen. In the Good Life, the role of shared experiences is very important. By experiencing life with other people and friends, it helps you have a different aspect on life than you would have had if you were alone. A friend can make an observation about something that you never would have noticed if you were alone. For example, when my friends and I were discussing the play once it was over, they pointed out a theme throughout the play that I had not noticed before they mentioned it.
Two kids I volunteered with who live in a very poor part of Hawaii where people cannot afford to pay for a house.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: After watching the play, I had a new understanding of my culture and it made me feel thankful for the life I am currently living. Before the play I took my life for granted and never really took into consideration other people's lives where they could be struggling to survive. The central issue addressed in the performance was how poverty can people's lives and the struggles that they go through in order to survive. During the time period of the play, people worked long hours in factories making very minimum wage. During this time, little kids also worked in order to support their families, but the working conditions were very dangerous and people were injured and killed frequently. Before the play, I did know that child labor was common in the 1900s, but I was unaware of all the secrets and lies that were related to keeping the terrible working conditions and child labor a secret. I now understand why people formed labor unions to try to change the working conditions; in order to protect the lives of the young children who worked in the dangerous factories and so that each person would make more money to support their families. The issue of poverty has never been an issue in my life and I am now very thankful that I have not had to witness living situations like the people in the play.
One of the kids I volunteered with who lives in a very poor part of the country where the parents cannot afford to live in houses.
The Emotional Experience: The Greek word "Katharsis," meaning coming clean, relates to the play The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt because by the end of the play many secrets were revealed. From the beginning of the play until the end, there were many secrets that were hidden and then revealed by the end. For example, when Sarah Bernhardt visited the factory to try to understand the life of people living in poverty, one of the kids was hidden underneath a secret floor board so that Sarah would not witness any child labor and the factories would not get a bad review. However, when they tried to uncover the fact that a kid was hiding under the floor boards, they realized that there was a fire and the kid had been killed. This opened Sarah Bernhardt's eyes to the real life struggles that the people living in poverty go through, not some hidden lie that everyone in the factories love their job and that it is a safe place to work. The play shows us that keeping a secret hidden instead of coming clean can cause something to turn out negatively. The play shows us that it is important to "come clean," even if it means going against our own values because it can have a positive impact on many people's lives.