The performance taught me that the truth is not always pretty. Truth can be disappointing, however, knowing the truth makes humanity more aware and less naive. For instance this quote from Sarah Bernhardt, in my opinion, embodies the purpose of theatre and overall theme of the play: "Theatre is the sister of History and Philosophy, of Politics and Justice...It educates the ignorant without their realizing. It opens our minds. It touches our hearts...It seeks the truth." Although I do not know all truths, the play inspired me to reflect on current issues such as, our political climate. I cannot say I relate to the subject matter of the play, but the performance did make me want to stop and reflect more about life and ask critical questions that the media and society are afraid to answer.
The Emotional Experience
The Divine was a play that caused me to release a multitude of emotions. Those include, anger, sadness, doubt, as well as clarity. To call this play just cathartic would be an understatement. It was beyond cathartic and so eye-opening. I had never in my life ever stopped and reflected on the harsh lifestyle that the socially oppressed live with, past and present I almost felt guilty for not being more aware of life outside mine. The play opened so many doors for people to enter and understand the harsh realities of life.
After staying for the talk-back discussion with the actors, I realized that the young seminarian, Michaud, experienced catharsis himself. Michaud's innocence was shattered as he continuously discovered the dishonesty of the church and the factory owner/boss. However, this negative experience turned into a positive one because despite being exposed to the seedier sides of life, his experience with Sarah was a spiritual cleanse/detox from chicanery and deceit. This play gave the audience an opportunity to examine history, politics, religion and philosophy, an opportunity to truly understand what it means to be human. Overall, watching The Divine was a cathartic experience because it shed light on uncomfortable topics, forced us to confront injustices, and face our emotions.
I took this selfie right after the play ended inside the lobby. This picture perfectly encapsulates how I felt about the play: amazing.