The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt at the Constans Theatre by: Teresa Cheung

The physical setting of the theatre consisted of a main theatre room, a lobby and two double doors that led to the lobby. I entered through the lobby doors and made my way to the entrance of the theatre to scan my ticket to gain my entrance. The moment I walked into the lobby, it was very warm and comforting like a quiet ambience - perfect for theatre in my opinion. When I entered the auditorium, I noticed that the atmosphere was very serene, tight packed and cozy. My seat definitely affected my experience of viewing the play. I consider myself lucky since I sat in the middle center of the auditorium because it seems to be the ideal place to view the play to observe the complete effects of the play. If I was on the side, my observations of the actor's movements would be skewed. The size of the auditorium was small so I was able to concentrate on the actor's voice without being distracted by the excess background noise that would have existed in a larger auditorium. The role of place in the Good Life is how ideal and pleasurable the sitting is for someone to be satisfied in with the optimal experience to watch the play in.
(Obtained the consent of my friend in the photo) Attending the performance with friends was an enlightening experience that contribute to my deeper and more opened minded viewpoint of the play. I experienced the play with my roommate who happened to be taking the Good Life course this semester as well. She has an interest in play encouraged me to put some interest into this as I watched it with her. To get ready for the performance, I dress up nicely thirty minuted before arriving at the Constans Theatre. I also read up on the Good Life Assignment page and file to obtain a sense of what play I was about to walk into. Attending this event with friends enhanced my experience through how I was be able to talk about the play with during the intermission and after the play. This enabled us to establish a deeper understanding of the what the play means to each other and what the play is trying to convey in general.
The performance helps me to develop a new way of seeing and understanding my own culture through watching the hardships and struggles of another person's life in front of my eyes as they lived through life. Watching the play made me realize that the current world that I currently living in should be appreciated because some people in this world may not live as privileged as me. The central issue addressed in the performance involved children working in a hard labor factory while they are very young. In this era, young kids were not allowed to work but rules were broken in the play in order for the boy's family to earn enough money to send his brother to school to become a priest. What I knew about the subject matter before I attended the play was what I read only on the Good Life assignment page under "Study Guide of the Divine". The performance made me feel angered and frustrated because of how the working conditions were back then and what tough labor conditions employers would put their child workers through. The subject matter does not have a relationship to something that happened in my own life.
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides us an opportunity for katharsis because it reveals to the audience to the extremities of how the manual labor at work can be disheartening and unfavorable. The play helps us realize that people should be more appreciative of what they currently own and strive to make their lives as comfortable as they can with a satisfied predicted future with their efforts whether it involves money or relationship stability. In the play, Leo goes through a tough time during his childhood because he has to go into manual labor to earn money for his older brother's priest education. After his brother becomes a priest, the family will be said to be happy because they will have a real, stable income with money. However, the opposite occurs, Leo dies and no one is happy. If Leo had come clean about not wanting to work there anymore, and left his currently employer, he would still be alive and could have found a better job opportunity elsewhere considering the harsh conditions he was working in where children have already died. Coming cleaning and dealing with the truth relieves oneself to be free of burdens to obtain an extent of happiness.

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