I had a big smile on my face walking into the theater because the setting/ walking into the theater made me excited to watch the play!
Unfortunately, I had a hard time locating the theater and its entrance. Therefore, I ended up taking a photo with the wrong sign at first.
Simple piece of art even added to the feel and anticipation of watch The Divine.
Another detail that is important when it comes to plays, is the social experience. After all, attending a play is typically a social experience shared by friends and other theater-enthusiasts. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the play with a friend due to scheduling issues. However, I still had a good time watching it by myself. It was relaxing being able to watch the play alone because I was fully submersed in the play instead of paying attention to a friend. In addition to with whom one attended a play with, the social experience also involves elements like dress. To get ready to watch The Divine, I put on a nice blouse, dressy jeans, and a fancy pair of boots. I dressed up because it is appropriate to look nice and dress nicely when attending a theatrical performance.
As one can see, I wore a strand of pearls and a nice blouse to attend this play. Also, I attended alone, hence the 'selfie" with nobody else in it.
Additionally, the cultural and intellectual experience of a play is crucial since theater plays an important role culturally. While The Divine was based in Canada in the early twentieth century, the concepts were still relatable to today's time. For example, in the play, theater is condemned by the church and looked down upon. While that is not the case today, it can be related to new, unorthodox ideas emerging today, as well as major events like the protesting and marching that is currently taking place. In addition, issues with child labor in factories was a main problem in the play and the "progressive thinkers" ( Sarah Bernhardt, Michaud, and the women working in the factory) tried to create a movement to stop child labor. This can correlate to issues and movements taking place today such as Black Lives Matter and women's marches and movements which are fighting against injustices. This play made me remember that there are two sides to every story/movement, especially with the child labor and rape issues. This allowed me to start to see our own culture differently, with a more compassionate eye, because I witnessed the struggle and sacrifices that occurred in the play and realized that real people deal with those same issues every single day, which is truly heartbreaking. We never truly know what is going on behind closed doors as seen with the raping that went on at the seminary involving Talbot and the priest.