The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By melis balta

The Spatial Experience

After semi-rushing to arrive to the Constans Theater at pricisely 1:45, my friend Emily and I finally made it to the Sunday showing of The Divine: A Play For Sarah Bernhardt. Upon entering the Constans Theater I always admired from the Reitz, my heightened expectations were surely met. The huge pieces of hanging sea green marble-like glass made me feel like I was in an art museum. Although the building had a beautiful entrance, its auditorium did not fall short of astonishing me by its vastness and aesthetic. Unfortunately, I was directed to sit in the far left of the auditorium so my view was subpar. Nonetheless I was very excited to see this play and definitely believe that being with a bunch of my fellow peers made my experience even greater. Without being in a welcoming environment it is difficult to discover the "good life."

Hanging glass art pieces in the entrance of the Constans Theater.

The Social Experience

I am very grateful for being able to experience this play alongside my good friend Emily Case. Before going to the play, we got lunch with our friends and talked about how we predicted the play would turn out to be. It felt better to have someone around to take pictures with in front of the theater. During the intermission of the play, it was nice having someone to chat with. We also met a couple of people who were in our Good Life Discussion and happened to be seated next to in the theater. Being able to experience new and exciting things with others defintiely enhances the "good life" because you're able to connect with others on an emotional level.

Me and Emily Case exploring the Constant Theater before the play began.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Going into the play, I had no idea what the subject matter was nor what the play would be about because I wanted to be completely surprised as to what I would be spending the next two and a half hours experiencing. Fortunately, I was pretty pleased with the topics the play covered, such as the cruel child labor of the early 1900s as well as the importance of the arts. After the play came to a close, I found myself with a greater understanding of the way people lived back then and how their way of life still relates to ours after over a hundred years of advancements and change. Personally, I found it very easy to connect to the main character of the play, Talbout, and his life allowed me to gain insight into a life I had never considered.

One of my favorite pictures I took of the night was of this statue right by where I was waiting to enter the auditorium.

The Emotional Experience

This play definitely hit some emotional strings not only in me, but I'm sure in all of the audience member's hearts. The Divine greatly highlighted how important our own decisions and choices are in expressing ourselves and pursuing the "good life." Through being able to relate and connect to the emotions and experiences of the characters in this play allowed for a way for the audience to come clean and reevaluate our ideals in life and ourselves. Michaud and Talbot's growth throughout the plays a vital role in allowing the audience to grow intellectually and emotionally alongside their characters.

Me and Emily really enjoyed the lighting by the glass hangings and it was nice going to a play and having it still be bright outside after it was finished.

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