The Spatial Experience: The auditorium reminded me a lot of the Florida Theatre where I am from in Jacksonville. The only major play I have ever seen was Wicked when they came to Jax and sitting close to the stage for that play completely changed my experience. The same thing happened with the Divine. I was originally a few rows back, but regrettably after intermission half of the audience left, giving me the opportunity to move to the front row for the second half of the performance. The auditorium was dark and set up in a way that really highlighted the stage. One of the coolest parts of any live performance is the initial hush that comes over the audience. The small size of the auditorium allowed for an intimate viewing of the performance, almost as if you and the actors were the only people in existence for the few minutes you had with them. Before to Good Life requirement, I had no idea what kind of performing arts were held at Constans Theatre, allowing me to find a new appreciation for the theatre that I would not have had had it not been for the Good Life.
The Social Experience: I attended the play alone, after being unable to go with some friends from getting sick. I wasn't sure of the dress code for the play so I went casual, which thankfully wasn't a problem. I didn't talk to anyone once in the play, but lost quite a bit of faith in my class when a majority left for the second act. All Good Life students having the requirements of the performance as well as the Harn and the museum givings a stepping stone for building relationships, which I have greatly appreciated, as it has given me some great friends.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The play itself I found very interesting, as I have heard very true stories of a similar plot. One of the most interesting things to me was the disregard by others of Michaud's love of the arts, blowing it off as something unrealistic and unworthy. That idea of the disregard of art is a frequently reoccurring one in today's society as well as today's history. One question that I was wondering that I was unable to ask the cast was if being in the play at all effected in a religious aspect. I personally am a Christian who worships non denominationally, I don't know how I would respond if I knew such things as were happening in "The Divine" were being hushed in my church, and have never understood the reluctance of the acknowledgement such goings on within the Catholic church.
The Emotional Experience: "The Divine" is the perfect example of a play exhibiting katharsis, as it is a play of a play depicting a reality depicting reality. The play being written by Michaud is a direct response to what is actually happening in his life, as art usually does. From the point of view of the audience, for many it could be seen as an interpretation of pursuing art as an aside rather than pursuing your passion.