Cultural and Intellectual:
The central issue of the play was the inequality of the rich and poor, and the ways they view and treat each other. While it was set very long ago, the themes still hold up today and are actually of great importance in society today. I knew a good amount about the subject beforehand, and knew a lot about the way the poor were treated and used during the time the play takes place. The play didn't actually change my mind about anything, because I agreed with most of the play's message about the disadvantages of the poor and the near insulting ways the upper classes expect poor people to behave. I think that the play actually has a connection to the recent election and the way a lot of the people on the coasts acted toward Trump voters. Many of these people, largely upper middle class, just assumed anyone who voted for Trump was a bigot, instead of actually talking to Trump voters and asking them why they liked him. It was an extremely condescending way to look at Trump voters, many of whom were lower middle class and had economic problems that people on the coasts just didn't have. Every time someone from the media would go and talk to a Trump voter, they were almost shocked that the person wasn't a complete racist and sexist. Like in the play, the rich didn't consider the problems the lower classes might have and made wild assumptions about them.
Typically plays tend to be for the upper class, since plays are expensive and only people with money to spare can afford tickets. So it was interesting that this play specifically targeted the upper class with its criticism. Its as funny, while at the same time attempting to change the behavior and views of a specific group of people. This provides an opportunity for katharsis because people in the audience who're guilty of behaving in the way shown in the play, can realize they're mistakes along with others who're in a similar boat. The play doesn't feel mean-spirited, just instructional.
Cooper, David. Shaw Festival delivers with thinking-man’s play The Divine. 2015, Niagara. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwia_uvLh_jRAhWD54MKHTPXAWIQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.niagarathisweek.com%2Fopinion-story%2F5795019-shaw-fes. Accessed 5 Feb. 2017.
The Divine: A play For Sarah Bernhardt. 2017, University of Florida, gainesville. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwirvM_wz_nRAhWJ8YMKHZPABwAQjRwIBw&url=http%3A%2F%2Farts.ufl.edu%2Fin-the-loop%2Fevents%2Fthe-divine-a-play-fo. Accessed 5 Feb. 2017.
University of Florida Constans Theater Air Handling Unit T2 Replacement. 2016, University of Florida, Gainesville. University of Florida Constans Theater Air Handling Unit T2 Replacement. Accessed 5 Feb. 2017.