I watched the play alone. I mean not really alone, but I didn't go with anyone that I knew. I made some conversations with strangers, but we were all there for the same reason, some didn't even want to be. It was nice being alone because there were no distractions, but I would have liked to have gone with someone to share my reactions with. The pictures above were taken by other Good Life students that I just asked to take a picture for me. I actually found someone that I knew during intermission, but she ended up leaving during the intermission. Even if you went alone, you could not avoid seeing the play with other people. Talking to them about the play and seeing other people's reaction is just as much part of the experience as the play itself.
The Cultural Experience
I have always enjoyed historical fiction. It is my favorite genre to read, because for me the situations are real. The emotions are real because people really lived through these events. Ever characteristic of the play is explainable by the setting. Quebec, French city of Canada, isolated in a northern sanctuary, in contrast to Paris, a ever-changing progressing city, a worldly city. These characteristics are mentioned briefly by the characters themselves, but these are social confines that at the time would not have to had been spoken. I think the actors did an excellent job of portraying who they were in that society. Michaud, born with all that he could ever ask for, had the liberty to think about the world how he did, he had a choice. Joseph Talbot never had a choice about his station in life. For that I found his character admirable because he took what he was given and lived. Through his life, Michaud's character grows and develops as his naivety is stripped away. There is also the religious confines to think about, in the cultural setting of the play. Quebec, being so isolated was a very traditional city, especially during the times of social revolution in the early 1900s. The Church had a lot of influence, and many of the conflicts were based on the conflict of the church and theatre or working versus seminary life.
The Emotional Experience