The Good Life Play By Holley fugatt

The Spatial Experience

Photo of the lobby in the Constance theater.

The lobby of the Constance theater was large and had an intricate art piece as its focal point by the window. This caught my eye as I was waiting for the doors to the auditorium. The auditorium was dimly lit when we were directed to our seats. I sat on the front row to the left of the stage. The seating affected my experience because I did not have a direct view of the sage; I was off center and felt as if I was taking an outsider's point of view. When the lights dimmed, it went completely black. I felt as if a dramatic entrance was about to be made. This made me hold for anticipation. Space plays a large role in the good life. Being in a space where you feel comfortable will in turn increase one's ability to achieve the good life.

The Social Experience

Photo of my friend, Julia, and I outside the theater. (consent was given to post this picture)

I went to the play with a friend of mine in my building. This enhanced my experience at the play because I knew someone that was with me. I did not have to sit with a stranger through the duration of the play. It also helped because we could discuss our thoughts during intermission and after the play ended. This contributes to shared experiences in the good life. It makes it easier to talk about issues when you have someone who has experienced the same thing you have experienced. Shared experiences bring friends, family, and strangers together with an event that, if had not happened, would not have met each other or formed bonds. To get ready for the play, I had dinner then met my friend to walk to the Constance theater. On the way to the play, my friend and I talked about what we thought the play would be about.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Photo of the playbill.

The central theme from the playbill was rebellion. I can see how rebellion was a theme because Michaud rebelled against the church to become a play write. What I think was a main issue in the play is sexual abuse. Sexual abuse was seen with Brother Casgrain and Talbot. Both were victims, and both did not speak up about the mistreatment. Other issues addressed in the play were child labor and church and state. Child labor was normalized in this time period because the poor needed money for their families, so they would have every member work for support. Also all the workers in the play were women which leads me to believe that this happened around the time of the world wars. Women were the main source of work while men were away at war. Church and state is seen when Brother Casgrain sends a letter to Sarah Bernhart that she cannot perform her play in this town due the message it portrayed. The play did not have any personal connection to me, but it enlightened me to the issues that continue to plague our society.

The Emotional Experience

The play left me very confused at intermission. I finally realized why the play set up the way it did. The second half of the play left me sad and feeling pity towards Talbot. Katharsis was seen when the molester of Talbot and Brother Casgrain confessed to his wrongdoing against the many boys. All of the death and mistreatment that the play proposed put the audience in a state of disbelief. I did not expect the play to take such a turn the way it did. It really impacted my view of the play all together. I did not think the priest nor the little brother would be killed off. I also did not expect all of the abuse that happened. The play really hit my emotions when Talbot did not want to go to the judge about his molestation. It made me wonder how many victims in real life stay silent when these acts are made against them.

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