The Divine: A Play for sarah bernhardt

The Spatial Experience: When we first entered the Constans theater there were dozens of students waiting in the halls near the ticket office. The tall ceilings and sculptures made the building feel large and provoked some curiosity. When we entered we were some of the first in the auditorium and were seated front row in the orchestra pit. The seats we had were great because the play happened around us at some points with the actors walking around the orchestra pit and it made the experience more interactive.
The Social Experience: My friend Cristina and I, who is also taking The Good Life this semester, attended the play together. It was nice to share the experience with a friend because we could discuss the themes, and plot. It was also interesting meeting some of the strangers we sat near because we all shared the fact that we were taking The Good Life. There was definitely a feeling comradely among the students in the audience and we were able to bond over the assignment and help each other understand some more difficult aspects of the play.
The Emotional Experience: As a Catholic born and raised, I am very familiar with the child molestation scandals and cover-ups, however, it was still very interesting to see how the aftermath of such scandal could play out in an empowering way. This play allows for katharsis of not only the priest in the play but the catholic church as a whole. It gives the church a chance to own up to the scandals and accept the damage that has been done. The play is bold in addressing this issue of the molestation scandals and it is an extremely uncomfortable subject for a lot of people, which is what made me appreciate the play even more.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The play which took place in the 19th century, made me appreciate how much has changed and how much has stayed the same since that time period. Aside from material changes such as clothing, there have been major advances in technology, the addition of labor laws, and a change in the hands of power. Many factories have replaced line workers with robots, children now have strict laws governing their work schedules, and the catholic church no longer has such power over the media and the people. On the contrary, theater still plays a very controversial role in the world of entertainment; always challenging stereotypes and addressing major issues.

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