The Spatial Experience
The theater itself was not as large or as steep as I expected it to be; however, this smaller stage and closer seating gave the audience a more intimate experience with the performance. I sat off towards the side in the middle of the first level... I felt this limited my view of the play in comparison to someone sitting in the middle with full view of every part of the play. After I viewed the theater's structure for sometime, the lights began to dim. This made me feel anxious and excited for what I was about to see. It also closed out all the distractions around me and forced me to focus upon the stage. Place has the ability to contribute largely to one's experience of the good life. With place comes culture, religion, customs, family history... and more. Each of these aspects that come with place greatly influences one's life and determines how one will find and experience the good life.
The Social Experience
I attended the play on my own. This did in fact alter my experience than if I had attended with friends. This meant many things in that I wouldn't be asking my friends of what they thought, instead I would only be relying on my perspective of the play. Furthermore, it allowed me to focus more of what was happening in the performance instead of socializing with those around me. To prepare my self for The Judgement at Nuremberg, I read about the context of the play and about the real life scenario that was to be reenacted. I also began to think about WWII and the different mentalities countries had at that time. Shared experiences encourages and aids individuals and societies to understand one another and unify. It can break down barriers and misconceptions as people can acknowledge each other's reasoning for their actions.