Good Life Performance of Judgement at Nuremberg By: evan Pughe

Spatial Experience: This isn't the first time I have been to the Phillips Center, but it seemed different due to the fact that I entered from the West Wing instead of directly into the lobby and there were people dressed up more properly than the other times I have been. I was fortunate enough to sit directly in the middle of the theater and experienced a different feel for the play because of it since I could see all characters and scenery facing directly towards me. Being on the side and having to move to see the actions going on can lead to boredom and restrict people from truly experiencing the hold of visual/performing art. As a performer myself, I thoroughly enjoy when the lights dim since it allows the focus to go upon the stage and removes one from the rest of the world and listen to the story unfolding in front of her/him.

Social Experience: I was able to go with three of my friends and it restricted me from enjoying the play for what it is due to the fact that I wanted to talk with them the entire show and tried very hard not to let my gaze come away from the stage. It's annoying in some cases when total strangers are all around you, because you can't tell a stranger to "shut up" without sounding like a jerk compared to when you tell a friend to. Luckily I didn't have to shush anyone or be annoyed by laughter/talking throughout the entire play. It was amazing to talk about our dislikes and appreciation of the play afterwards since we already knew each other and allowed us to be more honest about our feelings toward the show.

Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The show was a great reflection of the past, but also of things that are similar to this day and age. The maid that worked for the widow and then the judge described herself as a normal citizen who "knew nothing" of what was going on in the next down over (where the Jews were being killed"). She and her family knew what was going on, but they decided to ignore it to not be seen as part of the problem; however, by doing nothing, they were a part of the problem since they didn't try to stop it from continuing. Humans do this all the time today. People hear about people dying of hunger around them, but do nothing to feed the hungry even when they see people begging on the street everyday. They ignore the problem until someone brings up the issue and they try to defend themselves in order to seem innocent. I knew about the Holocaust and the number of people that died from the terrible acts against humanity; however, I didn't think about how rough it would be to be the judge on a case against German citizens since no matter what side he picked, someone was going to hate him. I don't know if I could make a good decision at this moment about what was the better chose of the two, or find a third answer.

Emotional Experiences: Judgement at Nuremberg describes a man who killed because he thought it was best for his country, but he came clean, katharsis, and said that he knew what he did was bad and that he made choices that he regretted. For the people who watched the play though, they might relate to this story and see how things they chose to do in their life we meant to be for the good of the whole, but were harmful to others. Makes one think if he/she made the right choices in life and whether he/she should question her/his own identity and/or beliefs to see if they conflict with the good of society and the good of the individual.


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