The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Goodlife Performance

From a physical standpoint, Constans theatre was a very cool experience. From the outside, one would have no idea a theatre even existed thanks to where it is located in Reitz Union. As you walk into the theatre itself the first thing you notice, is no matter which seat you choose, your proximity to the stage is always going to be very close. Once the play started, its virtually impossible to focus on anything other than what is going on on stage thanks to the lighting. Right when the lights began to dim and darken the room, the feeling of almost a calmness and immediate silence falls over the theatre. The size of the auditorium itself was perfect for the kind of performance. Being able to be so close to the stage wherever you sit, gives the audience an advantage of hearing and being able to see every single video unlike some larger plays.

For this Goodlife performance, I chose to attend with one of my good buddies who also has the same Goodlife class and section as me. I actually had to attend a seminar for another class right before the performance so in a sense getting ready wasn't an option, thanks to having to go straight from the seminar to the play. Personally I don't think seeing it with a friend versus going alone, has much a change on your experience. Going alone I believe you would focus and be able to catch more details without the distraction of a friend. Social skills in goodlife are extremely important due to its value in everyday society. Social skills will help you at your job, making friends, and maintaining more valuable relationships.

I think this play truly highlighted just how dark the world can be for the less fortunate, and the fear of exposing an issue that's been looked over before. This also plays into the hands of multiple stereotypes surrounding priests and the religion of Christianity. The fact that Brother Casgrain uses Talbot's family situation against him to cover up the abuse that he has taken. Michaud's play also follows the social norms of this time period as well, with his blatant disregard for Talbot's families lack of money, and willingness to write a play about it. Before watching the play I had heard bits and pieces about it, but very little about the central plot, and how the story plays out. I don't think that the performance had much of a changing outlook for me personally. My feelings towards the subject at hand were already very negative and stayed that way throughout the story. While I can't relate through my experiences, I have had to deal with somewhat similar situations involving close friends.

The presence of a katharsis in "The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt" is very relevant to the main story of the play. The issue of priests or people of power in the religion of Christianity, failing to correctly use their power, and instead of teaching kids the word of God and the teachings within the bible, has been a relevant issue throughout time up to this day. While incidents of this coming to light are few and far between, what has been going on behind close doors has always been speculated as negative. The lesser but very prevalent stereotype of leaders within Christianity abusing, inappropriately touching, or even as far as more sexual encounters with young children, especially young males, has tarnished the religion as a whole. This is relatable to, but has no where near the catastrophic affects to the religion, as ISIS and other terrorist organizations have had on Islam. When incidents occur multiple times, the stereotypes can stick and eventually lead to an almost permanent opinion due to a few isolated events. They use katharsis to showcase an issue that makes a lot of people uncomfortable to talk about, and something that a lot of individuals look the other way on due to its relation with a major religion. All in all regardless of who's performing the abusive actions, whether man of Christianity or not, nothing about this scenario is ever right, and I don't think that should ever change or ever be accepted.

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