Introduction: I had signed up for the play within the first week of seeing the project on canvas. I had been notified that if I sign up late, I won't be able to choose what time I get to watch the play. Unfortunately, there was only one time slot available. I signed up anyway, then told my roommate to do the same. I didn't know much about the play at all. Between every play I've ever been to, there are about three. I had forgotten some of what makes a play a play. My previous experience was watching a VCR tape of Romeo and Juliet in my freshman English class. I didn't know what a real non-school play would be like.
The Spatial Experience: The theatre was located in a pleasant location. There were a couple of entrances/exits, so I was able to choose between taking the spiral ramp or the stairs. I took the ramp simply because it was more convenient than walking around the side of the building. When I entered the building there was a mild surprise at the crowd that showed up. I had expected the theatre to be empty, but the lobby was full of college students taking pictures of nearly every interesting thing. I assume they were also taking the class as opposed to theatre fanatics. I was directed to a seat two seats over from the exiting walkway in the large middle section of the auditorium. I don't think it affected my experience, it was more so the people around me. After listening to something for more than ten minutes, I get a varied form of tunnel version where I ignore most of what's around me to focus on what's happening. When the lights dimmed, I was a slight bit excited for what was to come. There was a "what if" factor at play. The size of the auditorium greatly enhanced my experience. It gave a sense of power despite being used for entertainment purposes. It was a large room with half arches placed across the stage. Place has a factor in the good life. Depending on the location, an individuals mental state can change to fit the mood of the building.
The Social Experience: I went to the play by myself. I had to look at my phone to remember what pictures I had to take, but after I was finished, I decided to talk to people. There wasn't a real reason to for most of them; I just needed to pass the time. There weren't any signs pointing to the gator1 sign in location, so I had to ask other good life students if they knew where it was. It was easy to find, I just hadn't looked very many places. I figured it would save time by asking rather than trial and error. I did almost nothing to get ready for the performance. I went to the performance in my pajamas. I just grabbed my phone, wallet, and keys and left my dorm. My pajamas were comfortable and I had been thinking about pj day from when I was in grade school. I had great memories associated with it. The role of shared experiences within the good life may be to strengthen bonds with friends or acquaintances for a better feeling of belonging.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The play helped me develop a new way of seeing and understanding our culture through displaying hyperbolized versions of American wants in a semi-relatable and interesting way. I think the central issue of the play was about to achieve your personal dreams while also having to deal with societies wants. The play specifically focuses on money and how it can manipulate people of different social classes into participating in unfortunate events. I knew almost nothing about the story coming into it. I didn't want to read the whole story before the play because it would have made the play more predictable and boring, so I skimmed through the reading both to save time and to get a general feel for what the story would be about. The play didn't change my views on sections of the world, it was more of an exaggerated recap. The subject matter of how the boss treated his sweatshop workers was relatable in the sense that I became glad of the safe work environment conditions that are currently in place.
The Emotional Experience: The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provided me with an opportunity for catharsis in that the characters within the play all seem irrational in favor of one emotion. It may be a way of explaining how humans become attached to their self identities to the point of where it seems ridiculous and/or comedic to spectators.