Good Life Performance Danielle Barker

The play was very interesting. I like how it touched on subjects that are often seen as controversial. The cast was very upbeat, and it wasn't boring to watch. Every type of person in society at the time was represented and portrayed in a very good way. Overall, it was a great experience and was useful in learning about what the Good Life means for other people.

The Spatial Experience: When entering the building I felt comfortable. I was seated relatively close to the stage so I felt very up close and personal with the actors, and could invest myself more in the play. When the lights dimmed and the audience went quiet, I felt suspense because I didn't know what was going to happen or how to play was going to start. The auditorium is large so it made me feel like I was a small part of a bigger experience. The places we go have a huge role in our lives because our spatial memories and what we feel when we are in a place stick with us throughout our lives, if you're constantly in good places it can make life "good".

The Social Experience: I attended the performance alone, but I feel like that added to my experience because I'm usually not one to go to things by myself. To get ready for the performance, I read the description of the play to brief myself on what it was about. Since we all have to see this play for the class it is something that we all share and is an experience that will be apart of all of our lives. Common experiences bring people together because that is how people relate to one another and form bonds and relationships which in turn can help people find the Good Life.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The central issues of the play are poverty, the relationship between Church and the theatre, and morals and ethics. During the time period that the play is set in, poverty was very prevalent around the world and those who faced poverty also faced social oppression and a rough life. Child labor was a big thing during this time, as seen in the play, and these children had little to no rights and were subjected to horrible conditions. I didn't know much about the relationship between Church and the theatre, but it is clear as to why there would be an issue between the two. The theatre challenges Church ideas and talks of controversial topics which is what we saw happening in the play. The characters in the play struggle with their morals and what society expects of them. The performance shines light on all of these issues and shows the flaws in society during that time. The struggle between worker and boss, the rich and the poor, and how privilege often shields people from the problems in the world.

The Emotional Experience: The Divine provides us with the opportunity for katharsis by talking about controversial topics that people are often too afraid to talk about. The play sends a message to the people watching it that some of the things that were occurring in society at this time were not okay, they give the people who were oppressed a voice. This allows people to "come clean" because we can watch the play and say yes, that was a horrible time for a lot of people. The play allows audience members to better examine the world around them and themselves. They feel the emotions of the of the characters and understand what they went through.

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