۞ Good Life Performance ۞ THE DIVINE: A PLAY FOR SARAH BERNHARDT

Photograph I took of the entrance to the Constans Theatre ツ

๑ SPATIAL EXPERIENCE ๑

◎ When I first entered Constans Theatre, I felt really really nostalgic. I started performing in theatre when I was in middle school and continued it all throughout high school, so it definitely brought back a lot of memories to be in such a familiar setting and atmosphere.

◎ My seat location was ideal for the experience. I was seated in the third row of the middle section, so I had a very clear view of everything that was going on onstage and was able to hear the actors very well. I think being in such close proximity of the stage really allowed me to be an engaged audience member, almost like I was witnessing everything that was happening along with the actors!

◎ When the lights dimmed and the audience got quit, I felt pretty excited and jittery, similar to the feeling of getting ready to watch a movie for the first time. I didn't know what to expect, but I was looking forward to watching the performance!

◎ The size of the auditorium didn't really have an effect on my overall experience at the theatre. However, I will say: I expected the theatre to be bigger...in all aspects; I expected the stage to be bigger and there to be more seats. There wasn't really a particular reason for this, besides the fact that I'm used to watching musical productions and those tend to be performed on bigger stages.

◎ The role of place in the good life is significant, because it is important to feel secure and comfortable in where you are. I believe that place is always shifting because "if we were meant to stay in one place, we'd have roots instead of feet", as beautifully said by author Rachel Wolchin.

This is a photograph that I took of the sign that was placed outside of the main entrance door that had details about the performance.

๑ SOCIAL EXPERIENCE ๑

◎ I met up with a friend from my hall and her friend prior to the performance and we walked over to the theatre together, but I then ended up losing them, which resulted in me sitting by myself in between 2 strangers... ☹

◎ To get read for the performance, I did the most. I got ready at my place, blasting music as I did my makeup. I wanted to do something a bit more dramatic with my makeup, since I don't wear it much on a regular basis. After doing my makeup, my roommate helped me out with my hair and outfit. Being in theatre for so long, I know to dress up when going to see a performance.

◎ Since I didn't really get to experience the show with my friends, my overall experience wasn't much affected, as I don't mind doing things by myself. With that being said, I made friends with the 2 girls sitting next to me during intermission, so that was nice because we discussed what we thought about the play thus far.

◎ The role of shared experiences in the good life is going to be different for every person. I, for one, love doing things with my friends, but I don't feel as if I can't do something simply because they aren't with me. I think shared experiences are nice to have in the good life because it's always nice to have common involvements with people, whether they be close friends or complete strangers.

A picture I took of the program that was given to us before the performance.

๑ THE CULTURAL AND INTELLECTUAL EXPERIENCE ๑

◎ The story took place at the turn of the 20th century in Quebec City, Canada.

◎ I think the play had many issues, all of which were occurring at once. One aspect that was clearly noted throughout the production was the difference between living a privileged & wealthy lifestyle as opposed to living in poverty. The play also brought up the theme of lies and secrets, as seen through the story told by Talbot, who was emotionally and sexually abused by a priest for years. In addition, the production brings to light the oppression of the church in the early 20th century.

◎ Prior to attending the performance, I had no idea who Sarah Bernhardt even was, but I had background knowledge on the lifestyles and working conditions of that time in history, thanks to my history classes in high school.

◎ Personally, I don't think the performance necessarily changed any of my views on the issues described, as they are issues that I have heard of before and have previously formed opinions on. Nonetheless, the play definitely brought history to life and allowed me to visualize what these situations would've been like in the past. With that being said, times have definitely changed and issues back then might be seen as more commonplace now.

◎ The subject matter relates to me as a woman. The play brings up the gender controversy, as we see that that all but one of the factory workers are women. Even though the issue on gender inequality has subsided over the years, it is still a subject of matter, as women can still be deemed as inferior to men. (Can you tell I'm kind of a feminist?)

Me after the performance

(: EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE :(

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt shows the struggle of being honest and learning the truth by "coming clean". Many of the characters in the story must resign their desires for what they believe will be better for them in the end. Many characters in the play, such as Michaud, Talbot, the priest and even Sarah's manager, keep secrets to avoid facing the truth. Although they each try to repress the truth, it ends up consuming them to the point that they "come clean"; Michaud keeping his love for theatre a secret, Talbot ignoring the fact that what happened to him with the priest all those years needs to be addressed, and the priest by asking both of the seminarians to lie to the police. The play prepares us for katharsis by allowing us to see that by "coming clean", one's worries alleviate and we can experience an overall sense of relief which in turns becomes happiness.

URL for portrait of Sarah Bernhardt from first page: https://www.google.com/search?q=sarah+bernhardt&safe=active&espv=2&biw=1151&bih=640&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjmz52StvDRAhVDwGMKHaUFBiwQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=V73m5IIU-cfLiM:

Credits:

All photographs after the title page were taken by me.

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