The Divine by: kevin anderson

The Spatial Experience

My initial reaction of the auditorium was how nicely it was structured and how large the stage was. I was lucky enough to get a front row seat to the show so I was able to feel all of the actors and actresses emotions on stage. Once the play was ready to begin, I could feel the mood of the whole play fill the auditorium. Although the auditorium was large, I was sitting so close to the stage that I felt like it was just me and actors. The role this play had in the Good Life was idea of starting at the bottom and working to fight to the top.

The Social Experience

I attended the play with two of my friends, Nathan and AJ. To prepare for the performance, I had to pick out a nice outfit and later read through the pamphlet to get an idea of what the play was about. Attending with friends enhanced my experience because I was able to share my experiences and opinions about the play with them and better understand scenes that I did not fully get. The role of sharing experiences in the Good Life is that one always needs the help of others to fully experience a situation and get the full joy of it.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The Divine was about the struggle between religion and state. Om the religious side, there was the young man who was striving to get his family out of poverty and doing whatever it takes to do that. On the the state side, there was the popular actress who came into town and wanted to dazzle all of her fans. I did not too much about the subject beforehand, just general knowledge of life in the early 1900s. The performance changed my views about the issues at hand by showing me the true struggles that people in poverty faced and the little choices they had in their daily life. I was able to relate to the performance because I too always find myself having to make tough decisions like the young priest did and weighing the pros and cons of each one.

The Emotional Experience

The Divine uses katharsis to draw the audience into the play throughout the whole performance. The first example was the death of the two girls in the shoe factory. This addressed the issue that working conditions back then was not safe and many people were severely injured or even died working almost everyday. The play also dove into religious issues between priests and young men. In the second act, the audience learns that several characters were sexually assaulted by a priest. Although this is not a common issue in the church, it is one that has been brought up throughout history. The play used these issues to appeal to the audience's emotions and give them an idea of the hardships that people in the early 1900s went through. I know that I felt their pain and I believe the play did a great job to share those uncomfortable topics.

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