The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt Synclair Baker

The Spatial Experience: The theatre was rather calming as the colors complimented each other and were dark. The theatre set a warm mood with tones of red in the seats, and the dark stage in the front. We sat in the center in the middle of the theatre so we could see everything that was happing and have spatial awareness. When the lights dimmed, and the audience became silent, I knew the play was about to begin. The setting of the theatre helps you to focus on the stage and to give you a viewpoint where its just you and the stage. The auditorium was rather large when the lights were on, but when the lights were dimmed the stage was the main focus. The role of place in the Good Life is vital in the search because the environment can either help or hinder you on the search for the Good Life.

The Social Experience: I attended the performance with one of my closest friends at UF, Christina. We met last semester through Club Soccer and our friendship has blossomed. She is also taking the Good Life this semester so we thought to make the performance even more enjoyable, we would go together. We texted before so we could walk to the performance and sit together. Attending the performance with Christina enhanced my experience because I had someone to discuss it with. Shared experiences in the Good Life helps us create new ideas and have a different perspective.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The performance was focused in the early 1900s. The performance addressed child labor, poverty, and the power of the Catholic Church. Before the play I knew that poverty was an issue, that people followed the law of the church, and that child labor existed. The performance opened my eyes to the effect of child labor on children whether physical or mental. Also, the power of the Catholic Church to hide a sin by promising a savior. The subject matters do not correlate with anything happening in my life, but it encourages the motivation, dedication, and hard work to provide for your family.

The Emotional Experience: The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provided the actors an opportunity for katharsis, while also providing for the audience. The topics socially uncomfortable touched on rape, child labor, and poverty. It made us acknowledge that these issues happened in the past and in the present. The performance was eye opening for many to address issues in our lives and to reflect, thus leading to katharsis. Also, the "talk back" portion of the performance lead the actors to katharsis because they reflected on their characters and the issues they faced in the early 1900s.


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