The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt by Alex adolphson

The Spatial Experience

I have walked passed this area of the Reitz Union many times without realizing it was a theater. Therefore, I was quite surprised by how big this hidden theater was when I walked in. Unfortunately, I had to sit towards the because I showed up later than most people because it took longer than I expected to find. I had to strain my eyes to see the play at some points, which diminished the experience slightly. I felt pretty excited when the light dimmed and the play started. I went to many plays when I was younger, so it was a little nostalgic for me too. The size of the auditorium made the experience feel more professional. The size was honestly a little daunting for me as well. It reminded me of the many professional plays I went to as a child. It made it feel more like a professional play. The good life is heavily influenced by the space. The environment of someone can contribute to tranquility or stress. The more comfortable the space is, the easier one can have the good life. The converse is also true.

The Social Experience

I attended the play with my friend, Kevyn. Prior to the play, I had to wash my collared shirt and khaki pants because they were terribly wrinkled. After that, I met my friend out front of Beaty Towers, and we walked to the Reitz Union. Like I said previously, we had trouble finding where the play was, so we were a little more on edge than we would have liked. Going with a friend made the experience of going to play enjoyable even though we were late. It was fun trying to find the theater as well. In addition, it was nice to have someone to talk about my thoughts of the play with. It is fascinating to hear someone else's opinion on a theatrical play. It also made watching the play more comfortable because I knew at least one person there. The good life is not a solitary concept Being with others enhances a person's experience or even makes the good life. Isolation can cause a feeling of emptiness and even sadness. People are social creatures. They need socialization. They need to share their experiences with others to feel fulfilled. It's why many people believe that experiencing something amazing alone is not as fulfilling as experiencing it with people they love.

The Cultural and Intellectual Experience

This play has allowed to view my culture in a whole new light. This play took place in the early 1900's during the Industrial Era. I did not know much about this time other than segregation still existed and the first World War was during this time. The central issue of this play are organizations or groups stifling artistic work.. Previously I had not thought about this aspect of history before. The only thing I knew about it is some authoritarian governments such as World War II Germany would ban art than did not align with what they believed. The play gave me new insight on what artists go through to express their narratives. It changed my opinion on artists and how much they go through for their work. I have had a similar experience to having my ideas shot down before simply because someone did not agree with it. For instance, many of my schoolmates did not like the idea of having a card game tournament the same time as field day, so they disregarded my idea. This was quite benign compared to what the play discusses since my idea was not banned. In addition, the talk back gave me insight on the culture of actors. They discussed how they are not themselves when they act. They are the character. Also, after they finish acting, they are themselves again. It is interesting to know they can switch between personas that freely and that they don't stay in character. In helps me understand how actors think and their culture much better than before.

The Emotional Experience

This play allows for katharsis in the audience. It shows the plight of a young an and his family during a rather bad time period for people. The industry practically owned people and living conditions were less than ideal. Also, peoples' ideas were suppressed by groups and organizations outside of their control. This scenario makes the audience reflect on what they might have done to others. It makes them contemplate if they have stifled someones' opinion or disregarded it. It allows them to see if their actions align with some of the antagonists in the story and come clean with their misdeeds. Often one must step back and see someone else in a situation that is similar to their own to understand their own actions. That is what this play

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