Good Life Performance Avi dahan

The Spatial Experience

My friend Riley and I outside Constans Theatre before the production

When I walked into Constans Theatre, it definitely didn't feel like a little high school play that you only went to for extra credit. Not only was the construction of the theatre massive, but the entire seating and stage layout made me feel like I was on broadway. Everything was done so professionally: I was greeted and seated when I walked in, and was given a playbill. All of this made me feel like I was in for a great show. I sat in the second row of center stage which made me feel part of the action since I was so close. As the lights dimmed and the audience silenced in, I felt nervous because I didn't know what to expect next. Not only was there a front stage, but there was a horizontal aisle of stage cutting through the middle of the audience so I didn't know who or where the first person would be. Because I was in the front I never realized the size of the audience (hundreds) until I turned around to see actors on the aisle stage behind me, so when I saw everyone behind me I was startled. The role of place in the Good Life in my opinion is an environment where one feels comfortable being in and can be in a no-judgement zone.

The Social Experience

My friend Riley and I waiting in line

I attended the performance with my friend Riley. Beforehand, we got dinner at the Reitz Union and looked up a brief synopsis on what the play was about so we at least had some sort of idea on what to expect. Attending with Riley enhanced my experience because it made me more comfortable because I only sat with one stranger instead of two, but more importantly because if I didn't understand something I could quickly ask her to clarify what just happened that way I always knew what was going on. The role of having shared experiences in the Good Life is to bring people closer together. Shared experiences are always good things to talk about in the future as well.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

Me after the performance

The performance shaped by view and understanding of our own culture by showing me that a large amount of Americans are privileged and haven't experienced any life difficulties. This is important because the performance highlighted the mistreatment of child workers in Canada in the early 20th century. They worked long hours for very low, non-livable wages. The performance exposed this mistreatment and also showed that child workers didn't just exist in developing countries as we know today, such as in Bangladesh and India, but that it was, and still is to this day, a pressing issue in our world. The performance didn't necessarily change any of my views about the issues, it just intensified them. It highlighted and detailed how bad working conditions were. I actually didn't know countries like Canada has child workers, I honestly just thought it was only 3rd world ones. Although I'm not personally affected by this issue, I do feel for those in other countries who are being taken advantage of.

The Emotional Experience

Riley and I with our playbills

The performance provides us an opportunity for katharsis because the entire story it exposes the reality of industrialization in the 20th century as well as present day. Child workers not only worked illegally underage, but were overworked and underpaid which reflects the lack of oversight and regulation there was back in the day. The Divine actually delves deeper into this issue and exposed these truths and shows the "coming clean" process. The performance directly showed an underage child working in horrid conditions with a non-livable wage and occasionally being hidden by his boss when visitors came to cover up illegal activities.

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