The Social Experience
I attended the performance with a number of my friends and was able to meet a number of new people along the way as well. The social experience before and after the play allowed me to talk about the play and communicate our thoughts with each other. Before the play we talked about what we expected the play to be and, afterwards, we talked about how we felt about the play. Attending the play with my friends, allowed me to gain a better appreciation for the play because I was able to discuss the play with them and understand their experiences. We all got something different out of the play and we were able to share that experience with each other.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
I am rather familiar with the Catholic church and have an understanding of its general history and scandals in the past few decades. This play had a number of themes and one dealt with moral and ethical obligations of each character. Michaud was very fascinated with theater yet was devoted to the Church. He reached an impasse in his life because he wanted to protect the church yet still show his love for theater. Talbot experiences molestation in his early life but must remain quiet to protect himself and his family. This issue of trying to protect a greater entity without regard to an individuals feelings and struggles is very apparent in this performance. This play made me realize that having something to hide was actually a detriment to myself and those around me. There should be an open dialogue with regards to pressing issues whether they be personal or largely societal.