The Devine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt was a great experience from the start of the night to the end. I realized that the play was much more than the script and the lights; that it included your seating and who you went with. The play was very deep and had me critically thinking about my own life and how I want to make positive changes in areas of my life.
The Spatial Experience
The Nadine McGuire Theatre and Dance Pavilion was a perfect place to see the Divine. It has a very modern feel to the building and the energy in the building on Tuesday night was electric. Walking in the front doors of the theatre was an experience that I will never forget. My seat was probably about ten rows back and I was sitting on the right hand side of the theatre. When the lights dimmed, I got excited and was ready to listen and pay full attention to what I was about to watch. I turned my cell phone off and shut myself off to those things not in the theatre. One’s place in the Good Life means everything. The richest people in Africa may be the poorest in another country but if they only know their place in their society then that’s all that is relevant in their lives.
The Social Experience
I went with one of my teammates after we went to dinner. I looked up the play prior to going and did a little bit of research so I had a background on what I was going to see. I would suggest going with a small group of people that you know or maybe just one other friend. In my past experience, going in a big group caused a lot of chatter and disruption to the actual play. But just going with one other person allowed us to quietly discuss little things that we saw or needed clarification on. In the Good Life shared experiences mean so much. If you don’t have memories with people, then what do your experiences actually mean? Sharing moments with friends and family make those experiences so much more special and memorable.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
While there are a lot of themes surrounding The Devine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt the one that I picked up the most from the play is the role of status. Status means everything in the play. Brother Casgrain in the man who is both in power and abuses his power on a daily basis. His constant force to maintain power from controlling the press to banning books to performing cover-ups for any allegations of misconduct causes me to question the authoritative figures in my life. Are they doing what is best for me or what is best for them? It was interesting to see all of the other themes and how they stemmed from the overarching theme of status and role.
The Emotional Experience
The play evoked a lot of emotion and I actually teared up at multiple points. It gave me a great opportunity to think about my own life and realize all that is good in my life and address some areas where I would like to make a change. It also allows us to look for places where we can help others in their lives and positively impact someone’s day, week, or month.