The Devine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By, Lainey losacco

The Spatial Experience

Upon entering the Constans Theatre I was surprised by the size and accuracy of it. I had no idea that there was such a beautiful and professional theatre on campus. My seats for the play were located in the lower middle which proved to be extremely good seats, I felt like I could see and hear everything that was going on in the play. I remember when the lights dimmed and the audience quieted, I had a feeling of wonder and excitement for what was to come. Being surrounded by a large group of my piers also contributed to my experience. I think the reactions of the audience and then just being in a full theatre of people seeing and feeling the same things as me helped draw me into the story. Setting is a very important role to the good life, where something happens can affect one’s overall experience thus affecting how that person views their experience and the good life.

The Social Experience

I went to this play by myself, I was not aware of anyone else going so I just signed up for an early showing and went. When getting ready for the play I made sure to look play appropriate and professional, I think this added to my excitement for the play. I would have loved to have gone with friends, but surprisingly I think going by myself helped rid me of distractions and put my focus on the play. During intermission and at the end I could listen to the people around me discussing the play and I was later able to discuss it with friends that went to different showings. I think by having and listening to those discussions it helped me feel that shared experience. The feeling of a shared experience creates a bond that brings people together, relationships are so important to our wellbeing and because these shared experiences help strengthen that I think social experiences play a role in finding the good life as well.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

This play took place in the early 1900s and described what was going on in that time with regards to beliefs, ethics, child labor and many more social issues. One of the central issues was human rights especially when it came to women and children. I think this gave me a new insight to the hard time at that time and also to the relation now of what has been going on especially in regards to women’s rights. Before coming I knew about the children in factories problem but I didn’t know much else, I also had no prior knowledge of the theatre back then or the catholic religion. This play opened my eyes to the problems present back then and to how thankful I am that those types of things are not still going on. However, I do believe that there are still many injustices happening today that can be addressed if we take a stand.

The Emotional Experience

The Devine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provided for a lot of katharsis, it brought up issues that weren’t always talked about and addressed. These issues are and were real social issues going on that helped to open people’s eyes and get people talking. Issues such as the death of Leo and the molestation of Talbot by the priests are not light issues to discuss. These themes pushed social boundaries but also and really made the audience feel what was going on. I truly believe that these issues discussed made the play experience so more important and memorable for me.

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