The Good Life Perfomance A divine experience

The Spatial Experience

The auditorium was very clean. Upon entering I was welcomed by the staff working that night and they instructed me of the basic rules of the theater. I was surprised when I first saw the set of the play, it looked a lot more professional than I originally assumed it would be. My friend and I attended together and were instructed to sit in the center of the front row. Our views were uninterrupted and at times the actors made eye contact, allowing us to feel even closer to the show and the story line. When the lights dimmed I was relieved, we had arrived at the play extra early and were eager to see the performance. This relates back to the good life, as we have learned in Siddhartha the importance of patience. The calming atmosphere and respect of the audience allowed for enjoyment on everyone's part.

The Social Experience

I came to the play with my close friend and roommate, Kristen. We arrived at the Constans Theater, assisting each other in the preparation for this project and discussing the synopsis and recommended reading before the performance. During our discussion, we caught the attention of the other audience members and a larger discussion occurred. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life is being able to discuss events with those surrounding you. Having that ability, one fulfills the basic human need for social interaction.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Initially, I was bit confused on the true focus of the play. It seemed to be the journey and growth of the two men, Talbot and Michaud. Then, it seemed to be about the struggles of Talbot overcoming his past of molestation and abuse. Yet, it seemed that even still the play had a large role in discussing the outcomes of child labor. However, all of the themes seem to come together around the common understanding of corruption and a real understanding of life as it was during the time of Sarah Bernhardt. It seemed to be a play of realities. The play showed some familiarity to my own life in the way that Michaud was ignorant to the world and its harsh realities. His reaction was to take action against these injustices. Similarly, when I started high school in Ohio, I was exposed to a large variety of people from all demographics, a large portion of those being children of underpaid or unemployed. My perspective changed on the way people live and taught me a valuable lesson of the hard work that is undervalued and some times goes unnoticed by citizens making a higher salary. The fact is that I felt this hard work was met with an injustice of low income and I want to right this wrong.

The Emotional Experience

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt was an opportunity for katharsis in the sense that it depicted and discussed many uncomfortable issues of the time period. Child labor, corruption within the church, and economic divides. Through this play we are able to see our injustice and hopefully, through this raw and heartbreaking discovery, change the future. During this time period issues were not as public as they are now and controversy was not as widely discussed.

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