The Spatial Experience
The theatre was smaller than I expected it to be. Although I am usually a fan of larger auditoriums, the smaller space definitely made my experience an intimate one. I sat towards the front of the stage (only a few rows away from it) which made me feel more involved in the action. I think “place” plays a key role in the Good Life because it aids in creating one’s perspective- unique to us all.
The Social Experience
I attended the play with two of my friends from home, who also go to UF. To get ready for the performance, we met up beforehand, reviewed the study guide for the play, and arrived at the theatre about twenty minutes before to get a good seat! Seeing the performance with my friends made my experience worthwhile. It made the task at hand (this assignment) seem less like a chore and more like an enjoyable activity. I think shared experiences, such as this, play a major role in the Good Life because they aid in further establishing one person’s connection to another.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience
The performances emphasis on poverty and the injustices that go along with it truly impacted the way in which I view the world, especially the way in which I view that specific time (the early 1900’s). Although the play also focused on the controversies between the Catholic Church and the theatrical community, it was the underlying issue of poverty that spoke to me most. Before the performance, I would say I had some knowledge about the subject but when it concluded, I felt more knowledgeable than ever. This specific subject matter relates to me, personally, because I, too, have battled with (minor) poverty and understand (to an extent) the impact that financial insecurity has on one’s life.
The Emotional Experience
The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt provides us an opportunity for “katharsis" by focusing on topics (politics and theatre) that, at the time, were more than controversial and almost uncomfortable to talk about. After watching the play, I felt much pity for the characters involved, specifically the young boy who’s dreams reside in the world of theater; a world which the Catholic Religion has told him he may not be involved in.