Social Experience- After becoming aware of my peers' general perception of theatre through last semester's horror stories, I decided to attend the play alone, as I felt as though it deserved a fair-minded watch. Like most of the students who attended the play that night, the young lady behind me in the photo placed much effort into ridiculing theatre as she waited to enter the theatre, but I did not allow this to compromise my interest. Upon my arrival to the theatre and getting ushered to a seat, I read through the program to verse myself on what was to come and to pass time until the play began -as I had no friends to talk to while I waited for the play to start. The fact that I was alone also allowed for me to watch the play in its entity and free from all distractions and side comments and I also was able to stay for as long as I wanted for the talk back bit of the experience, which I believe allowed me to milk the play for all that it was worth, in that I had the chance to pay attention to even the smallest detail of what was happening on stage and none of my burning questions were left unanswered. This cements my view point that your version of the good life is best achieved through a journey trod alone.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience- This play is the best I have seen by far mostly because of how relevant it is in today's chaotic world. The play puts some things into perspective, that I have not really lent much attention to before watching. The main idea for me -as seen in the photo- was the importance of art, more particularly theatre in today's society. It showed how influential art is and how successful it tends to be when used to address social issues. As an lgbtq and civil rights activist, I instantly thought about how this manifests in today's society. Through comedies like Modern Family, art has managed to move the American society to a place where homosexuality is more naturalized, making it more acceptable or tolerated. Sadly, art is almost never credited for societal progress. Instead, some privileged man with an "important" position passes a bill and takes credit for americas progress with regards to homosexuality. This is pretty similar to the play in that people -who were regarded as less than important- did all the dirty work while enduring harsh working conditions and the privilege shoe factory owner tried to take credit for the pair of shoes he sent to Sarah Bernhardt. Goes to show how important the people who are regarded as less of intellectuals are to our society. It takes a true intellectual to effectively comment on the role of theatre in society through a theatre piece.
The Emotional Experience- At the end of the first half of the play I sent my best friend a message saying I love how funny privilege ignorance is. I felt as though Michaud was just another privilege white man tying to exploit his poor friend Talbot for the benefit of his play. As the play progressed I realize that he genuinely could not fully understand the issue of poverty as he or some one close to him was never affected by the dilemma. The more he got closer to Talbot, the more realistic the topic became to him and his pity slowly transformed to sympathy. This play has provided me with an opportunity for katharsis in that I saw how different the dynamic is when one is somehow closely affected by a problem. As a young black male, I tend to think of every white person who is not pro Black lives matter as racist, as I simply thought that if you are not against the oppressors then you are with them, which I can now say is only half of the truth.
Spatial Experience- One facet of the good life is our emotional state of being that is inevitably influenced by our surroundings and how this appears to us or is perceived by the individual. As for me, I was seated in the centre towards the front of the auditorium, where everything was clearly visible and audible. This made the act of watching and internalizing the play hassle free and comfortable, which in my opinion enhanced the pleasure I received from seeing the play. The fact that there was a very small audience allowed for less distractions and chattering during the play. In my opinion, this also meant that the actors were less nervous and this manifested itself through the effortless but almost flawless progression of the play. This goes back to the question of comfort and its place in the good life. For some people a challenge is needed to effect progress, whereas for others, comfort has proven to be more prolific than challenge.