The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt

The Spatial Experience

When we first entered the doors of Constans theatre, we were presented with a crowd of rumbling freshman that were equally as confused as us. "We have to take pictures of what?" "Where do we get in?" "How long is this thing?" As we all found our ways to our seats, we quickly settled into place, snow falling just beyond the stage. From my view I had a wide angle perspective of everything and I was right next to an aisle which later allowed for an interaction with the Sarah Bernhardt. In the Good Life, you're going to question where you are and what you should be doing, you can control certain things such as your viewing position but, not everything is in your control. Enjoy the performance in the best light possible.

The Social Experience

I attended the performance with a friend I've known since middle school. It is important to me to share certain experiences with people because it can amplify the moment and build that bond stronger. Sharing experiences in the Good life is critical because it makes us more connected, everyone will experience the same things differently and these other interpretations are equally as valuable as yours. Also, their eyes might catch minute details that you may have missed which adds to the overall understanding of the story.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The Divine takes place in Canada at the turn of the 20th century, a time when the church and state were still very much intertwined. In my opinion, the central issue being addressed is the dangers of having a government that consists of church and state because it may lead to corruption which would ultimately do harm to the people living in the community. The performance did not necessarily alter my view but rather reminded me to be aware of my own privileged because events like these still occur today around the world. Families of minorities, especially first generation immigrants, are more likely to be taken advantage of for their labor for extremely little salaries. Although my family was able to avoid it, others may not have been so fortunate, so the play definitely struck home to me.

The Emotional Experiece

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt was written only a few years ago, it shows the wrong doings that may have been committed nearly a century ago. It makes you wonder, 'what if a tragedy like this were to have occurred in the present day?' Then you realize, this still does occur on a daily basis. Everything may seem fine on your side of the world, but at the other end it may be the polar opposite. I really liked that the play incorporated clothing because we can all relate to that to some degree. We usually don't think about the clothes that we wear everyday and what it took to make those clothes, from materials and people who had to source them to the people who had to stitch them together. For may of these companies, their workers are enduring similar conditions as the workers in the play a century ago. Arguments about corrupt government and other injustices that occurred in the play can also be made. Our take away from the play, a way of coming clean, would be to analyze your world for possible wrongdoings and to try your best to correct them.

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