The Spacial Experience
The theatre felt new and clean and simple in design. It felt large on the inside despite the number of people seeing the play. I was lucky enough to be sitting in the complete middle row of the theatre. I was able to have a good view of the play and I was able to hear each performer unhindered. My seat allowed me to see the performance head on. I felt close enough to see the emotions on each actors/actresses faces. The atmosphere of the theatre improved my perception of the play. Surroundings affect how you perceive life, so it is important to be aware of who and what you're around.
The Social Experience
I went to the play with Austin, Mikiya, Carly, and Tony. I prepared for this play by cleaning up and dressing for the occasion. I normally don't wear collard shirts but I felt this play deserved my formality. It was much more enjoyable to see this play with my friends because we kept questioning each other on the play about it's meaning. We talked about the beginning during intermission and we discussed the ending while we were walking home. The role of shared experiences enhances my overall perception of the play considering the fact that I saw the play with people I consider my close friends.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The play was set in the turn of the 20th century in Quebec City, Quebec. At this time in history the Catholic church dominated in politics and culture. I didn't know much about this subject before seeing the performance, but afterword I felt that I had a much better perspective than the average person. The issues described in the play didn't alter my views much, but they definitely shaped how I see the Catholic church and the world. I personally have no relation to the subject described in the play, however I feel as if I can apply this lesson to later encounters in my life.
The Emotional Experience
The horrible working conditions of the shoe factory made me realize how far we've come in today's society in regards to working conditions and minimum wage. This play made me think about my own life, and the blessings I have to not have grown up in that time/culture. I value my life and how my family raised me with the culture and religion they grew up with. This play made me realize how much I value my parents, my family, and my life in general.