The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt By: David Misroch

The Spatial Experience

When I walked into the theater, I was shocked and amazed by the physical setting. When I first saw the stage, I thought it was very interesting and decorative. My seat location allowed me to experience a close-up, first hand point-of-view of the action going on the stage. When the lights dimmed in the audience quieted, there was a lot of suspense leading up to what was about to happen. Out of nowhere, multiple actors ran from the back of the theatre yelling very loudly, which startled and surprised the audience. The size of the audience had little influence on my experience, however I did notice a few students who were not paying attention to the play and who were not dressed appropriately for this event, which was disrespectful to the theatre and the actors on the stage. Place does not always determine the good life, but it helps make an event more exciting.

The Spatial Experience (outside Constans Theatre)

The Social Experience

I attended the play with my good friend, Reed Espy, on Saturday, January 21st. Before the play, I read the assignment to get an understanding of what I would have to be answering so I could pay close attention to certain aspects of the play. I looked at the proper etiquette for the play right before I was supposed to leave, so I had to quickly get dressed appropriately. I ended up being a little late because of that, but I still managed to arrive early enough to take pictures and sit close to the stage, which enhanced my experience because I felt as if the actors were directing their lines towards me. Seeing the play with Reed made my experience better because we both found the play interesting and humorous and talked about it afterwards when we went to eat. The role of shared experiences in the Good Life is extremely important because sometimes it doesn’t matter what is going on, but as long as we are with the people that make us happy and enjoy being with is all that matters.

The Social Experience: Pictured with Reed Espy (left) and David Misroch (right)

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The play takes place in Quebec City, Canada in 1905. The play focuses on the personal morals and ethics of the characters. It also depicts the sacrifice of their needs and wants. Furthermore, it also emphasizes the importance of the church. This play introduced the importance of church in the early 1900’s. Compared to today’s society, church isn’t as heavily influenced as it was in the 1900’s. However, we encounter the similar situations today in different areas. For example, we are torn between whether we rather spend money on food or material items, which parallels to wants and needs. As a college student, I have learned to pick and choose whether I should spend my limited money on wants or needs.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

The Emotional Experience

The play depicts katharsis during the talk back after the play when the actors mention that this story is unique because it is usually kept silent and not talked about. For example, Talbot was a victim of sexual assault and not of theft, which he admits to. Sexual assault is a difficult subject to discuss, especially for the victim. Therefore, Talbot does not tell anyone even when he has the chance to in fear of more harm to he and his family. This play emphasizes the fear people have in voicing the opinions and beliefs in sensitive subjects.

The Emotional Experience

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