The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Audrey Vaughn

The Spatial Experience

Before this play I didn't know the Constans Theatre existed, so I was excited to explore a new area of the campus. The last theatre I had been to, not including a movie theater, was my high school's auditorium. The theatre was a smaller than I had expected, however, I actually enjoyed the fact that is was smaller. It made the play more intimate and more personal. With a large theater comes more distraction and less connection. Being closer to the actors allows one to absorb the drama and intensity throughout the course of the play. My seat specifically was in the middle of the rows off to the far right. The actors occasionally came to extended parts of the stage on the sides, allowing us to get a closer look. I enjoy when the actors come in the audience because the closer they are, the more real they seem as the character.

Place really affects the "good life" because it evokes emotion. For example, the football stadium can evoke excitement and happiness, whereas the library might evoke a more serious and focused mindset. It is important in the pursuit of the good life that we spend our time at places we enjoy. It's only a waste of time if we continually go to places that we enjoy, but with that being said going to certain settings are worth the discomfort. We can grow and learn from the discomfort and obstacles we face in life.

The Social Experience

I went to the play with my roommate, Laurel, and best friend Katie, both of whom are friends from high school. Before the play we got ready and went out to eat Mexican food. I hadn't seen Katie in a while so I was very happy to have an opportunity to eat dinner and go see a play with her. I was at the end of the aisle, so I did't really get an opportunity to talk with strangers; but I was glad I was able to go with my friends because I would have been very bored had they not been there with me. Shared experiences usually have a positive affect on one's life. I believe it is very important to share memories with others because we were not put in this world to be fully independent. We are here to help each other and by sharing not only the joys, but also the sorrows in life with others, we realize we are not alone in this world, thus helping us realize that the "good life" is truly achievable.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The play, The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, helped me to realize the misunderstanding that occurs between those that live in poverty and those that live in luxury. I am well aware of the differences between the classes, but the performance opened my eyes, as a middle class citizen, to the disparity in comprehension of how the other classes live. For example, the wealthy characters made assumptions about how the poor characters lived and were taken aback when they realized that their thoughts were wrong, and vice versa. The play didn't change my ideas on anything, but rather expanded my knowledge. Although this play was set in the early 1900s in Canada, I think the misconceptions between how the other half lives still remains prevalent all around the world. We think we know what people are experiencing in a different economic class, but it all truthfulness we really don't, and will continue not to until we walk a mile in the other's shoes.

The Emotional Experience

This play specifically, isn't as controversial as other plays, however it gives the opportunity to think more deeply about this world. The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt is cathartic because the play has scenes that the audience can relate to. Although it takes places over a hundred years ago, the theme of sacrificing to reach an ultimate goal is very universal. When Leo Talbot died, the majority of the audience can also relate to the loss of a loved one. Furthermore, as college students we question our futures and career paths just as talbot did in the seminary.

Before the play
After the play

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Before and After pictures: taken by Katie Sartz


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