The Spatial Experience
I had never been in Constans Theater before so I was slightly apprehensive. Upon walking in I noticed that the theater is rather small and believe that this made for a more personal experience while watching the play. I was happy because I was able to sit in the location that I wanted, the middle of the theater. At first, the theater was very noisy and I was afraid it would be this way throughout the play but once the lights dimmed everyone quieted and the play began.
The Social Experience
I was fortunate in that I was able to attend the play with my roommate and his girlfriend. We wanted to be surprised by the play so we did not do any prior research. I think that was the smart choice because the plot twists were interesting and got us very engaged with the play. It was nice having my friends there because there were a few times when I didn't understand what was going on in the play so I asked my friend and he was able to explain what was going on. Had I gone by myself, I probably would not had asked a stranger to explain what I did not understand. This play was a good bonding time for the three of us as well as it gave us plenty of things to talk about for the rest of the night. I believe that creating connections with other people is essential to obtaining the good life and having shared experiences is one of the best way to create those connections.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
This play helped me to develop a new way of understanding by making me realize things are not always the way that they same. At first, I had no sympathy for Talbot. He seemed like a hard headed young man who had a bad attitude and a chip on his shoulder. I never would have guessed that he was violated by a priest. I had a completely new perspective on the play once that plot twist occurred. When relating this play to real life, I realize that I should not judge people and situations just on what I can observe because it likely that there is much more going in the background that I am not privy to.
The Emotional Experience
Many of us forget about the dark side of life. This play brought that side to light by displaying some of human kind's worst act's: The violation of the Talbot and Casgrain, The horrible working conditions that killed Léo, and the cover up of the workers niece that was decapitated. Many of us don't realize that such horrible working conditions still exist in todays world. Granted not in this country, but in third-world countries there are children working in locations that are too hazardous for any individual, regardless of age, to work in. The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt helps us to realize that its better to expose the guilty acts than keep them a secret. Coming clean will allow for the guilty act to end and the healing to begin.