The Divine Sara Marigomen

The Spatial Experience

It feels quite normal, walking into the Reitz area and towards the Constans theatre. It didn’t feel special yet. Yet, it is the inside of the theatre that really stuns to me. It’s not some grand Broadway stage, but it’s still so impressive. The seats surround and face the stage, lighted in a low blue light.

It seems cold and like the winter time on the stage. The design of the stage props are impressive with their seeming real details and appearance. It puts you into the story.

I sat in the middle. I could see the stage clearly, and I felt like a child watching the big screen TV from right in front of it. The elevation of the seats really helped account for height difference, and I could really see every aspect the stage, making it easier to watch. When the lights dimmed, I felt the hush and a quick rush as the anticipation of the play starting to get to me. Everybody else quieted in respect.

Setting really affects how one views the situation they are in. If the environment proves to be stable or simulating, the person is more likely to enjoy the idea of what’s going on in the environment better. An environment can be scary or annoying, and the person will feel more inclined to distract themselves with every little thing. Place is important to the Good Life because it helps put situations in a better light.

The Social Experience

Originally, I had intended on attending the show alone. I arrived at the theatre by myself, and went through waiting in line in the lobby by myself. It’s isolating as most people coordinated attending the show with their friends. I thought none of my friends would make it out, until I heard my name called out. It was two of my friends.

Since I was ahead in line, I waited for them at the top of the theatre. I looked awkward and uncomfortable until they met me. The ushers had even asked if I was waiting for people now. The thought of seeing a play by myself wasn't an issue, though the thought of having my friend endure it with me felt much happier. I felt more open and amiable about the situation. It no longer felt like much of a chore to see this play since I had my friends with me. It turned into spending time with my friends and catching up.

The social aspect in the Good Life works as a simulator. Going by yourself feels more boring, more like work. I didn't want to do it as much. Then upon doing these things with friends, it turns into more fun. The Good Life can be found in a good conversation with friends who you are comfortable with. You can talk and laugh, making it seem like the Good Life instead do sitting by yourself feeling bored and upset.

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The Cultural Experience

The time frame of the story goes back into history a little. It goes back to a time when outlandish people, like Sarah Bernhardt were incredibly unwanted and unappreciated for being a little special. The outgoing French actress is banned and fought against by the Catholic Church. It is the conflict between freedom of speech and censorship.

I knew nothing of the subject matter before attending the performance. I knew that it is not the first example of this battle. There are many times in history that people have gone radically against the church in order to achieve their own happiness. The performance, though, opened my eyes to the abrupt hand of the church. It does not give Sarah a chance to explain or fight back. It simply tells her to not do what she does and to leave the town. The issue becomes relatable when I doubt in my own mind if I should act a certain way because of my religious background. I become paranoid that I come off sinful and that I won’t reach heaven because I was told that things I do are sinful.

Photo Credit with written consent: Angelica Alejo

The Emotional Experience

The Divine does provide a platform for rethinking actions. It brings attention to actions that might be considered sinful, and therefore compels the act of being honest and coming clean.

The topic of this play goes by Dr. Pagán’s saying. It’s theatrically and dramatically address a topic of censorship by bringing in an actress that is highly disapproved of. Although she is gregarious and open, Sarah Bernhardt has her own flaws that are confessed as her character is dug into. Other characters, like Talbot, are immediately interesting with their rough pasts that become exposed for the purpose of writing a play. All that happens leads up to big truths, stories, and pasts to be revealed.


Photo Credit with written consent: Angelica Alejo

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