As I entered the building, my imagination was sparked because I was observing the pictures and artwork around the entrance to the theatre. I was trying to make a connection between these and the play, but I couldn't because I didn't know much about the play before I watched it. My initial feeling was excitement. I was seated very close up in the second row, so this effected my experience in a negative way because it was a little too close. When the lights dimmed, I was intrigued and waited for the curtains to open. When you hear the audience finally silent, the lights dimmed, and the curtains close it makes you feel pleased and excited. The size of the auditorium was important for my experience because it was noticeably on the smaller side, I am used to larger auditoriums. This was significant because it gave a more intimate, enjoyable experience. The role of place is very important for a Good Life because it evokes all these types of emotions and feelings, as I felt in the auditorium.
Prior to the performance, I read the Canvas instructions on from the "Common Activities" page and read the pamphlet when I was waiting for the play to begin. I attended the performance alone, which was not as enjoyable as going with a group of friends would've been. However, I did make friends with strangers around me in the audience and that showed me how company can extremely enhance your experience. The role of shared experiences are important in the Good Life because human interaction is a key to everyday happiness. Engaging during and after the experience makes it more interactive and enjoyable.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The play took place in December 1905 in Quebec City, Canada. The central issues were regarding religion and business. The main focus was on hazardous child labor and lack of regulation. I was familiar with the issue of lack of child labor laws from history classes I have taken. Seeing the play did change my views about these issues, such as the lack of child labor laws because it made me feel empathy towards Talbot and his factory-working mother because it made me think of it on a different scale. Prior, I didn't put much thought into issues like this and after watching I am a strong supporter for fair working conditions and child-labor laws. This subject doesn't correlate with anything in my life, fortunately, because I have not been placed under harsh working conditions.
The beauty of this play is it conveys realistic, important issues that need to be heard. The issues in this playa are open to interpretation and give the audience the option to feel how they choose to feel. For example when Talbot was told to pose as the victim he could've just told the truth, but he didn't. He didn't confess because he wasn't just speaking for him, he was representing his whole family. His family had a lot on the line, especially because of his brother working to become a priest, so having a good reputation was important. This particular scene, and the play as a whole, is important because issues like these evoke emotions from the audience.