SPACIAL: It was an interesting experience when I arrived to the Constans Theatre. I did not expect it to be so nice and set like a real theatre however it was such a well done place that was perfect for a play. I didn’t really know what to think once I sat down. I had an incredible seat – right in the middle and only a few rows back. The stage was set and I was immediately thinking what the play may actually be about based on the set that was already up. When the lights dimmed I was attentive and interested to see what it was going to be like, the quieting of the audience also shows that other students there were also attentive. Although the theatre isn’t huge like some Broadway ones would be, it was still a decent size and had great acoustics throughout. I felt attached to the play the whole time during it. The environment really is great in the theatre, it sucks you in and keeps your attention, a sign of the Good Life.
SOCIAL: The only person I attended the play with was my friend from my hall, Peter. I thought it would be a better idea to not go with a big group or else we may disrupt the play or perhaps I would get distracted, so going with just my one friend was perfect. There wasn’t much I did to get ready for the performance at all. Instead, I wanted to go with an open mind so that I could really take it all in. I’ve never been a big fan of play’s, so I had to go in with an optimistic attitude. I’m glad I went with my friend though because we were able to talk about the play afterword which allowed me to get his thoughts of it. One of the more interesting parts of the play however was the ending during the Talk Back. Learning about the set and production really shows you how much work gets put into making a play. It's more than just finding some artists and some actors to put together - and I have nothing but respect for people who work hard for what they love and that's what the theatre is.
CULTURAL: Although the play took place over a hundred years ago, there are some common themes found in it that we still see today. Before attending the play, I had no idea what the plot line actually was, so it was all new to me while I was watching. We saw Sara Bernhardt beg for her fame to return and for her to be back in her acting prime when everyone wanted her in their plays. However, fame isn’t all people need in life. Before films, actors and actresses for plays were the “celebrities” of the 19th and 20th centuries. They were rich, famous, and probably often had the attitude that Ms. Bernhardt had. While watching The Divine, I couldn’t help but think about some of the actors and actresses around nowadays, and also the people that are less-off than I am.
EMOTIONAL: Dr. Pagan is right when she talks about the theatre. Like I said before, I’ve never been in to plays. However, you’d be a fool to say there isn’t something special about them that allows one to experience something that they may not ever truly experience in their life. By this I mean you get to have a real feel for those on stage. Even if the play takes place over a hundred years ago you can still connect with the cast and get some relief from your outside life. By attending The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt, students were given their own opportunity for katharsis. Every single student that attends UF is damn lucky to be here, and they can “come clean” by watching this play. Being happy isn’t all about money and fame, the Good Life is much more than that.
Note: All pictures were taken by me before and after the play except for the single image used in Introduction Page. This was taken from: https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/stage/2015/07/25/the-divine-a-play-for-sarah-bernhardt-holds-harrowing-moments-but-doesnt-quite-jell-review.html