I decided to attend the Divine play for my Good Life class. I reserved my ticket and went the night of. Walking into the Constance theater, I was little nervous, after all it was my first play. My friend and I were a little early so we were able to sit in the front right section. However, I was pleasantly surprised as I watched the theater fill up. It was time for the play to begin, the audience hushed, the lights dimmed, and I sat attentively. Suddenly, one of the characters were within arm's distance from me, I was captivated, fortunate for my seating. As the play warmed up, so did the audience, laughing at the jokes and responding to the actors. This environment definitely allowed for the play experience to be engaging.
The Social Experience
I attended the play with a female friend, Amrita. I asked her if she wanted to go, nothing special, just two friends doing a school project together. It definitely made the play more enjoyable. Having someone I could make little comments to was nice. I find that when you share experiences with friends, it will build the relationship and also help each other to grow. Since the play was based on social injustices, having someone with me allowed me to grow socially aware of problems that have been around since the Industrial ages.
This picture was taken during intermission. Right before the break started, a key character died. So during the break, with our minds shaken, my friend and I were able to discuss what had just occurred. The play was during the industrial revolution in america, centering around a hardworking family, pushing their boy through priest school, A true American dream. However, under the surface real messages of child labor, bigotry, and pedophilia lurked. This play opened my eye on speaking up. Socially and culturally, especially today, people feel uncomfortable speaking up, but after this play, speaking up can literally save lives. For that, I have encouraged many people to see this play.
The Emotional Experience
This play definitely gave the audience the opportunity to look within their own lives, and self-evaluate. As discussed in the Talk Back, these social problems are still present today. People have a voice, do not be scared to speak up. This play is really empowering, especially to the youth, who make up most of the viewers, to make a change in today's world. "Katharsis" is well interpreted by "The Divine" because it fulfills the duties of theater, which is demanding the audience the necessary, uncomfortable changes needed in society, not sugar-coating it. Thus, giving the audience an emotional drive to change the world.