When I walked into the Constans theatre, the first thing I noticed was the spacious environment of it. The seats were wide and comfortable, as they should be. The walkways were open and welcoming. My seat was up close to the theatre, so it was a little annoying, considering that I couldn't look at the giant theatre and stage as a panorama to take in everything. And when the play actually started, I felt intense and ready for a just-as-intense play. I felt like the size of the auditorium contributed to the larger meaning at play in the play, which were many things (freedom from religion, freedom from your past, poverty, etc.). Place, whether it's in space or time, plays a huge part in the pursuit of the Good Life; the country, setting, time, region, etc., all contributes to how you one perceives and experiences the Good Life (the Good Life for an Indian would most probably be very different from another's Good Life in the U.K. or the U.S.).
I feel like going with my friends to the play The Divine: A Play for Sarah really helped me formulate my own, well-constructed opinions and conclusions about the play. I went with three of my friends: Yerdan Lopez, Olivia Stein, and Jorge. I took a nap beforehand (because it was a long play), dressed up, and went to the play. Going to the play with my friends made the play overall a better experience; at times, it was hard remembering character's names or plot lines, so it was always good to have them by my side. In my opinion, shared experiences are what makes the Good Life a Good Life. Just like Siddhartha needed someone by his side, everyone needs someone to guide them one way or another.
The central issue of this play in my opinion was whether or not one's past defines him/her, no matter the individual. For me, I always had the cultural perspective that you can escape your past problems and be a new person; after all, we do live in the land of second chances. However, the performance further confirmed that belief of mine and I'm glad it did. I didn't know much about the performance or the actors in this play. This play has a lot of themes to begin with, but I agreed with pretty much the play had to tell us. From experiencing religion a different way to the problems involved with child labor, I ended up agreeing with most of the points the play had to make. And no, for the most part, other than the abuse issues raised in the play, nothing in the play was relatable to me.
In the play, I felt that several characters experienced a catharsis. Talbot came to terms with his abused past and pushes past it. With Michaud, I feel like his catharsis comes from his liberation from his previous way of life: simply bending to others' wills and doing what he was told. For us as individuals, we can use Michaud and Joseph as models for this path of self liberation and catharsis.