The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Made by Lynette fisher

Spacial Experience

This picture was taken as I entered the theatre. I am unable to share the actual theatre and set due to copyright, but this picture illustrates my journey into the theatre. The space of a theatre creates a creative ambiance in order to heighten the artistic experience for the audience. Walking into a theatre is my favorite part about going to plays. Walking into the Constans theatre gave me a feeling of nostalgia seeing the partially dimmed lights, the audience chairs filled with excited viewers, and the stage set for the specific play. Right at showtime, the lights went fully out as the audience automatically ceased their whispers. The focus was drawn to the stage as my anticipation turned to excitement.

The Social Experience

This is a picture of me in front of an iconic Constans painting. Many others around me also posed in front of this piece of art. Attending a play is not complete without the social aspect. Being around a community of viewers who are passionate about the arts adds to the experience. I went to the play with a fellow dance major. We met up at the performance and took pictures together. We then entered the theatre and discussed how great the set looked. Had I been alone, I would not have anyone to share my thoughts and interpretations of the story with. But because I went with a friend, I was able to share my predictions, my intermission thoughts, and my concluding remarks with. Anything in the arts, including plays, are open to interpretation, and in order to fully understand and appreciate a play, it must be discussed.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

This is a picture of me during intermission. At this point, I was already accustomed to the setting of the play. The play took place slightly after the Industrial Revolution, so it highlights the horrific living conditions that people, especially women and children, had to work under. This play expands our understanding of our current culture because it teaches history through the perspective of specific characters. Through plays, our understanding is facilitated through drama. We learn the best when we learn through stories, especially stories that elicit empathy. Before attending the play, I had only learned about factory workers in history class. Seeing the play made me see the harsher reality of the time period in a more personal way.

The Emotional Experience

In this picture of me after the play, I felt impacted and contemplated about what I had just seen. In order to understand what it means to live a Good Life, we must be exposed to the harsher realities of life. "Good" is a comparative word. Something can be "good" when it is compared to something that is bad. By seeing conditions that are worse than our own, we are able to appreciate our own lives more. The play asses the injustices of the early 1900's, but it encourages us to assess the injustices of contemporary society. Theatre creates an atmosphere that encourages debate. By seeing a play, we are inspired to talk about what we saw in the play and how it relates to modern era. Plays open our mind to the poignant aspects of life. The tragedies in this particular play increase our sense of empathy. Although the conditions and causes may be different, tragedies, such as the death of a child, are relevant and possible events that many experience and must be discussed.

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