Good Life Performance The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt

I watched a performance of The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt on January 26, 2017. Although I had seen many musicals, I had never seen a play before. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to going to another play in the near future!

Spatial Experience

As I walked into the auditorium, I felt the familiar excitement and anticipation of witnessing creative genius. I was able sit in a seat near the stage and enjoyed an unobstructed view of both the set and actors. As the lights dimmed and the audience ceased their talking, it was great to feel everyone in the room focus on the same thing. I understand that the auditorium was most-likely as large as it was because so many students have to attend the performances, but I would have preferred the play to have been performed in a black-box theater. This would have given the play a more intimate feel. The role of place in the Good Life is the effect that things going on around you can have on how you experience and remember a situation.

Social Experience

I attended the performance with my friend Abigail Mistretta. To get ready for the performance, I read the description of The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt. I enjoyed attending the performance with Abigail because during the intermission, we were able to discuss what each other thought of the play. It was also nice to have someone to laugh with during comical parts of the play. Attending the play with strangers all around me was also fun because I got to hear many different murmurings and opinions of the play during intermission and after it had finished. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life is being able to look back on those experiences in the future and reminisce with that person. Another factor shared experiences has on a person's Good Life is being able to know that you're not alone in life; that someone loves you and wants to spend time with you.

Cultural/ Intellectual Experience

The central issue addressed in the performance was social injustices and not being afraid of speaking out about them. While I was not raised Catholic, before attending the performance, I did have some knowledge of sexual assault issues within the Catholic church. However, I only knew factual evidence; this play changed my view of these atrocities from a factual standpoint to more of an emotional one. I found a connection between the subject matter and my life from the scene where Sarah is pretending to die, but then discusses the importance of art. I related to this very well because I see the importance of art, music, and creativity in the world.

Emotional Experience

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt gives the audience an opportunity for katharsis because while most people are scared to say how they feel and think in fear of how others will react, this play contains characters; not actual people you know personally outside of that theater. These characters discussed societal issues without filter and it gave the audience an opportunity to at least listen to what we are often thinking but too scared too say. And after the performance, the discussions that ensues with others after the play gives people an open door to "come clean" to others about their opinions on social issues.

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