The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt Michelle Steffes

This picture was taken on January 31, 2017 in front of the Constants theatre. As I walked into the theatre I felt a feeling of familiarity. It reminded me of the dance recitals and competitions that I used to perform at. I think it was the aroma of the stage, the hairspray and the makeup that made it feel that way to me. The location I sat was a very good place to sit because it had a good view of the stage, and the actors would walk past me sometimes. I felt anticipation as the lights dimmed as I was very excited to see what was to come.
I was nervous to attend this play because I was not sure where I was exactly supposed to go or who I was going to sit with. I came directly from class so I did not have time to meet up with somebody. Luckily I bumped in to one of my friends and we sat together. This was beneficial because we could help each other understand certain scenes during the play. Because we were attending the play together, it enriched the experience.
This play takes place in the early 1900's in Quebec. The culture of the monastery taught me a little bit about the process of becoming a priest. There were many issues in the play, including the unfit working conditions for children at the factory, the sexual history of the Archbishop, and the letter forbidding "The Divine" to perform. This play opened my eyes to the horrific work conditions that children used to have to put up with. This made me feel very sad and I wish I could go back in time to help end this issue earlier in time.
Certain moments of this play made me feel extremely uncomfortable. This was caused by the sexual references; I was not sure why the play had to contain them, but it was not necessary. The play was an eye opener in that the Archbishop had raped a twelve year old years ago, this was surprising because I never would have suspected somebody as religious as him to do something so dirty. However society is corrupt, and that is one thing that has not changed as time has gone on. Maybe when the Archbishop jumped out of the window, he was so fed up with his less than noble qualities that he thought the only way to be free, come clean, and be happy was to end his life on Earth.

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