The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt by: Sarah michaud

A photo of the box office at Constans Theatre. Photograph by Sarah Michaud. January 22, 2017.

The Spatial Experience

As I entered the Constans Theatre I began to feel excited for the play to begin. When they opened the doors my friends and I were right at the front of the line, anxious to get a good seat for the show. We ended up sitting in the second row and had a very good view of the entire stage. When the lights dimmed there was a moment of complete silence that was a peak of the build up to the show. As it began the cast was on stage and I was so close it felt that I was apart of the performance. The auditorium wasn't too large and so it felt more personal. Place plays an important role in the good life because it determines the experience you get out of an event.

A photo of myself in front of the entrance before the play began. Photograph by Aaron Asch. January 22, 2017

The Social Experience

I attended the play with my two friends Aaron and Larisa. We got ready together and went for lunch before the play began. It was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It was interesting to attend the event with friends because we all got something different out of the experience and had different opinions of the play that allowed us to discuss it afterwards. Shared experiences play an important role in the good life because they give you memories that last a lifetime. No one could live happily or attain the good life without friends or a family to live life with. The people you share the experiences with are part of what makes the experience so enjoyable and memorable.

A photo of myself after the play ended posing with Constans Theater Artwork. Photograph by Aaron Asch. January 22, 2017

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The central issue addressed in the story was about a young man who had, days before the story takes place, been regularly sexually assaulted by a priest. Before attending the performance, I read about it so I would know what I was going to see. I realized that the play was about an issue that took place in Canada. This made me more interested in the play, as I am from Canada, and haven't ever heard of this happening. Therefore it taught me more about what has happened in my country. The fact that I didn't hear about it before proves that it is a topic many are uncomfortable with.

A photo of the theater sign in the Constans Theater lobby. Photograph by Sarah Michaud. January 22, 2017.

The Emotional Experience

The performance provides us on opportunity for katharsis because it explores real topics and history. It doesn't hold back in its honesty, and it allow viewers a chance to really think about societal flaws. The performance depicts socially uncomfortable issues and encourages the audience to become more comfortable with talking about them or hearing about them. There were a few scenes where I even felt uncomfortable, and it made me question why I felt that way. It proves that our society isn't and will never be perfect, but we can't ignore the issues simply because they are uncomfortable or taboo.

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