The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Rahul Gummadi

As I entered the auditorium, I remember being surprised by the size of the theater. It was vast and cold, but filled with the loud, inaudible noise of dozens of different conversations happening at once. I was seated near the middle of the theater, at one of the best seats in the house. My seat helped me get the full experience of the theater, as I felt like all the noise just funneled towards me. As the play started and the lights dimmed, I was excited and anxious to see how the performance would turn out. The size of the auditorium was alarmingly bigger than I had expected, and it made the performance seem even more surreal. The vastness and excitement of the ambience heightened my experience, as your environment can do in search of the good life.
I attended the play with one of my friends, Parker. I got ready for the performance by just getting dressed for the occasion and coming at this with an open mind. I am not too fond of the performing arts, but I knew with an open mind I could enjoy a play with such an emotional premise. Attending with Parker allowed for discussion about the play and the themes of the play. It was a heavy topic to swallow, so it was interesting to understand the play from another's perspective. Shared experiences help us have a better understanding of a subject by seeing things from a different perspective.
The central issue of the performance was the corruption of the Church, and more broadly, about the central character's ethical dilemma. The corruption of the Church in terms of child predation is fairly well-known at this point in time, but maybe not as much as in the past. This play brought up the fact that this is not a new issue, and even though this has been a problem for generations, no one has the power or the courage to fight this problem and make a serious change. The subject matter doesn't really relate to anything in my life, but there are a countless number of people that have been affected by this serious issue, and have not found peace. The play was heavy and ended with a lot of emotions. However, the light-hearted nature of the actors at the talk back lightened the mood a little bit after such an emotional play.
The play offered the main character two difficult choices. These choices led him to evaluate what mattered to him. These values that he examined and the questions that he was forced to answer is the basis of what makes us human and what differentiates us. The play pointed out that lots of people that are considered good, do more to protect their reputation than to do what is right. The main character had to choose between doing what would help his family or do what would bring him personally closer to peace. This difficult decision forced the audience to think about what they would do in this situation and in a more broad sense, asked of them what their values are. Does the well-being of the people around you outweigh your need to overcome personal trauma?

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