The Judgement at Nuremberg was a experience that expanded my social, intellectual, cultural, and emotional aspects. It was enhanced through the physical staging and environment through professionally crafted techniques such as sound effects, ambiance of the theater, structure of the lobby, and lighting. The play was able to convey various views about those involved in the Nuremberg trials following World War Two. Many people were wanting to seek justice for the charges against humanity. This conflict, although seemingly a touchy subject, was displayed through a visual art form and sufficiently conveyed to the audience.
The Physical Setting of the Theater
The physical setting of the theater was spacious and built apt for viewing. Outside the theater, in the lobby, there were illuminated lights, plants, and tile floor. Also, there were posters and boards advertising other plays that were coming up. It was very welcoming and made viewers excited to watch a play as it gave information about some of the groups that were showcased there. Inside, I sat towards the back of the seats; this allowed my overall view of the stage to be expanded and I could watch all the act. When the lights dimmed and the audiences quieted, I felt as if I transposed into another setting where I was watching an event happen. Even though I was not interacting directly with the characters, the fact that they were on stage and communicating with each other peaked my interest. The lighting set on the characters and the action of the play; everything else that was not relevant to the story was dimmed; this had the effect of catching my attention and focusing on the content of the stage. The size of the auditorium enhanced my experience because it is able to fit many observers while it still being a very personalized experience. Also, it is slanted in order to create an adequate viewing spot for everyone. Place is important in the Good Life because the setting one is in can create these different auras. For example, if the auditorium was poorly designed and if it was the same show, then it could possibly create a feeling of being cramped; it would not be an adequate way to convey a message because people would feel disconcerted by the physical set up. However, the cool, dark, and spacious room allowed for observers to feel calm and ready to observe the act in front of them. The environment can heavily influence one’s emotions; for instance, one would be less likely to feel lonely and depressed in an area with many friendly people, activities, and sunshine versus an isolated, dark, concrete room. The environment at the theater was apt for catching viewers' attention and conveying a message through a visual art form.