A Trip to the Theater With Tristin Dailey and the cast of "The Divine"

Personal photo by Tristin Dailey on 26 January 2017

"The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt"

The Divine was an inspiring play that taught me a few lessons including to always stand up for what you believe in and to always listen to people who are trying to get your attention for whatever reason. Through the challenges and tribulations coupled with the eventual success that Talbot and Michaud faced, I have found a new outlook on my own goals and methods of achievement all while experience a well put together play.

Spatial Experience

Image from the Wall Street Journal and Getty Images. Article by David Bordwell, created 7 January 2012

I was given the opportunity to sit in the front section of the theater. If you have not been to the theater this is a lowered platform in front of the center of the stage. This gave me an immersive feeling when viewing the play, but was not ideal, in my opinion when the cast swayed from the main stage. The cast had few moments where they ventured around the theater and this created a hard environment for me because I had to look around. When the play was being done on the main stage (which was a large majority of the time), no spot was better than this one in the whole theater. The lighting and stage setup helped a lot with the visualization of the play and it was very easy to catch certain aspects of the play from my front row seat. In my opinion, the small distance between myself and the main stage also made the theater feel smaller. It made me feel like the play was done all for me instead of however many people were actually in the theater. All in all, it was very good seating in a nice building with very few drawbacks that were manageable.

Social Experience

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This play actually allowed me very many social conversation that would not have taken place without it. I originally went with a long time friend of mine from high school. I headed over to her dorm a few hours before the play and we read over a synopsis of the play. When we got there I actually met one of my old study buddies from Calculus 1 and he originally sat very close to me. During the intermission, another long time friend of mine came over to us and we talked. We happened to have a few open seats next to us so he was able to watch the second half next to us. After the play, we stayed around and talked about the play and about the Good Life class which we are all taking. This class has allowed me to reconnect with friends and people I thought I would never see again, but also it allows me to go with current friends to activities that I like but probably wouldn't go to on my own.

Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Image by Robin Urton at robinurton.com. No date given

This image represents interpretive art. This was a major concept that was brought up during playback when talking about this specific play. The cast noted that the art/play and all art/plays is a reflection or a certain persons interpretation of the reality around them. This play dealt with the Church getting away with corrupt and immoral actions. It showed that most people thought it was hard to stand up to something more power, but in the end, standing up for something you believe in is always the right thing to do. The audience related this and another key part of the story, the boy/brother's death (where the rest of the cast ignores the boys obvious signals), to the world ignoring the less fortunate's needs even though they are calling out. This really made me think about if I was ignoring any obvious signs of people needing me in my own life.

Emotional Experience

Image from powermarketingblog.com. Dated 17 April 2013

This play made me feel a variety of emotions. Originally in the first act, I thought it was just going to be a happy story about a man who was going to drop his career of being a priest for being a successful actor. The story then took a sharp left turn and the play turned into a religious scandal. I was not expecting this and was originally kinda disturbed at the thought of having to view whatever this play was going to be about for the next hour and a quarter. I eventually looked further into the play and found a deeper message of standing up for what you believe in. Michaud originally confronted Talbot, but Talbot ripped up the papers. Instead of giving the atrocities up, he reported them to the authorities himself. He was able to stand against what he himself was a part of just earlier that day. Michaud was able to fix the issues that he saw by gathering courage and fighting for something he believed in and aginst something evil.

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