My Experience at Constans Theatre Mackenzie pierce

The Spatial Experience

I was surprised when I first saw Constans Theatre- I had been in the Reitz Union so many times, but had never noticed it before. I did not really know what to expect when I was going into the auditorium, it had been years since I had been to a play and did not remember much about it. I got a little excited when the lights dimmed and everyone stopped talking, I was curious as to how the play would unfold. I sat towards the back of the theatre but I do not think it had a negative impact on my experience- the theatre is fairly small which made the play intimate. There is also a part of the stage that goes into the crowd, which allows the actors to interact more with the audience. I think this represents the role of place in the good life, the closer in proximity you are to someone- the more you get to interact with them and form better relationships. I believe that the key to a good life is having strong relationships with many different kinds of people.

The Social Experience

I attended the play with my best friend, Abby (pictured above), and a few other friends. We met up before the play so that we could walk together and take pictures, we also read over the description of the play. Attending with friends enhanced my experience because I was able to hangout with them while being productive, I really enjoy the company of my friends which made the experience more enjoyable. Shared experiences plays a big role in the good life because it gives you things to talk about with the people around you. Sharing time with people also brings you closer and gives you things to bond over. Most things are special because you get to do them with other people. For example, my experience of being accepted into UF was ten times better when I told my parents because we all got to celebrate and be happy together.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt is set in Quebec in 1905 and the central issue addressed in the performance is the conflict between religion and theatre. Before the play, I did not know that there was a struggle for power between the church and the theatre, however, after seeing the play I can understand why this was a problem in 1905. Since I had little knowledge on the subject before hand, my opinion was not changed by the play. I understand why the church felt threatened by the theatre, because it was one of the few things, other than religion, that people were so passionate about at the same time. This can be related to how some religions feel threatened by the idea of gay marriage.

The Emotional Experience

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides many opportunities for coming clean, especially for Talbot who did not make the best decisions when he was leaving home to go to the Seminary. Michaud is also given the chance to come clean about his love/ obsession for Sarah Bernhardt when he is given the opportunity to meet her. The play gave us viewers room for katharsis at the end of the play as well. It made me think about the balance of things in my life. I took a step back to make sure that I was giving everything the proper attention it deserves. I remembered the importance of calling my family, no matter how stressed I am and called both of my grandparents to catch up with them. Overall, going to see this play made me reflect on a lot of things going on in my life.

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