Sparksstory By: Kelsey Taylor

The Spatial Experience

"Over the years ,some of the artists who have graced the Phillips Center stage include Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burnett, the Beach Boys, Bryan Adams, Itzhak Perlman, Johnny Cash, Travis Tritt, Merle Haggard, and Yo-Yo Ma."

The set up of the Philips Center is spectacular. When I first approached the building the tall roof, glass front, palm trees, and fountain set up the theatre as a professional venue. Not only did the Philips Center appear professional, but it was beautiful and in my personal opinion one of the nicest building we have at UF. As I walked into the lobby, the red carpet, lavish stair case and loft area above also left a very professional feeling. As I walked up the stair case to my upper auditorium seating I couldn't help but to be impressed with the architecture and the golding moldings. Then I entered the auditorium and took my seat. The amphitheater style seating drew all my attention to the set up on stage. I was particularly impressed with the setting on the side of the wall. I thought the little coves of seating was really cool. As the lights dimmed the theatre turned a very dark black, the stage lit up and grabbed my attention for the rest of the night. Since the theatre has been a part of culture since ancient times it has attributed to the good life. Personally entertainment is a huge part of my good life, and therefore theatre, and lavishness is a large part of the good life.

The Social Experience

Before the play I got ready in my dorm. I don't often get dressed up to the point where I do my hair, makeup, and wear nice clothes so at first I was rather annoyed. But after I was finished getting ready I realized that it is very nice to get dressed up and look nice. Also I don't often times see my peers dressed up so that was a pleasant surprise as well and added to the professional environment. I attended the play with two of my friends that I have met on campus here. By attending the play with friends it added to my experience of the good life. It added to my good life because sharing the good life with friends is essential. I believe that it is essential because after the play my friends and I were able to bond through a shared experience and discussion. Finally I enjoyed the play more because they didn't act very much on the stage and left the play raw and emotional and it made it even better. Also the fact that the sound effects were made live of the stage made the play super cool and interesting because I had never seen that before.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Judgement at Nuremberg takes place in 1948 and is about the Judges Trial of 1947. For those of you who are not aware of what the Judges Trial are, they are the prosecution of the judges during the nazi regime on charges of war crimes. Before attending the play I was aware of the prosecution of the more important role players of the nazi regime but not of the prosecution of non-combatant war crimes agains the civilian population. The performance really showed me the complexity of post-World War II Germany. The play draws on complex emotions because it begs the question of how much blame can be placed on the judges, when simply following orders of a higher authority. Therefore I found myself both hating the judges for their crimes and all the more sympathizing with them because of their ignorance. As I discussed in class, this reminded me of the oppression that the whites faced down on African Americans. This makes me anxious about my current life, because what if I am not intentionally oppressing someone, but I am because of ignorance. I think this play helps me to remember to be open minded to other ideas so that I can make sure to avoid oppression.

The Emotional Experience

As I just said the play draws on complex emotions because it begs the question of how much blame can be placed on the judges, when simply following orders of a higher authority. And I often tried to put myself into the shoes of the Germans begging the question "What would I do?" Therefore I found myself both hating the judges for their crimes and all the more sympathizing with them because of their ignorance. As the play explores complex issues I was left with an unsatisfying feeling of horror as I held a deeper understand of the atrocities placed upon anyone who was not in the Arian race. Finally, it provides us with katharsis because we are able to continue telling the story and engage the audience in high level thinking.

Work Cited

All other photography is original content

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/nuremberg

http://www.gainesville.com/news/20161022/la-theatre-works-performs-judgment-at-nuremberg

http://virtualtour.ufl.edu/locations/phillips-center/

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