The Spatial Experience: The physical setting of the theater was quite inviting. I sat near the middle of the theater towards the left, so I had an excellent view of the stage. There were several actors and actresses walking around before the play which added to the feel of the theater. The lighting was dimmed nicely which allowed the audience to get in the right mood to watch the play. They did a great job with the stage set up, and the initial set up began to "snow" in the background before the play began which was exciting. I was impressed with the quality of my surroundings and this enabled me to have a great theater experience. Place is central to the good life because your surroundings have the ability to make maximize your happiness. If you enjoy where you are, then you are much more likely to appreciate life. On the other hand, if you do not enjoy your surroundings it is more difficult to be happy with life.
The ambiance around the theater.
The Social Experience: I attended the play with some of my friends which made the experience of the play even better. Having them with me made it much more fun because we got to sit together, make a memory, and exchange our opinions afterwards. Shared experiences with friends are so important to me and my version of the good life. I know that I will always look back on my memories with friends and family and smile. To get ready for the play I had dinner with my friends and we walked to the theater together.
Danielle, Callee, Isabel, Ruby, and Emily with me at the play.
Ruby and I with our pamphlets.
The Cultural and Intellectual Experience: The play takes place in the early 1900s in Quebec. The play focused on the life of a young man on his way to becoming a priest. There are several significant issues in the play, but the ones that stood out to me were the hardships of poverty, the loss of innocence, the affects of physical and emotional assault, and the power of theater. I would say that the most central issue was the loss of innocence because the other issues like poverty and assault contribute to the loss of innocence. I had never heard of this play before, and I didn't have any preconceived notions of what to expect. This allowed me to go into the play with a completely open mind and to absorb the information with out any bias. I did not relate much to the subject matter in the play, but I was provided with more insight on the hardships created by poverty and sexual assault. This in turn motivated me to help others who are going through these extremely difficult situations.
Isabel really liked this statue!
The Emotional Experience: The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt introduces topics and issues that are very emotional. Poverty and sexual assault are issues that so many people have been affected by and have extremely emotional ties to. This play allows for katharsis because the audience is given a new insight and knowledge of these issues that they may be somewhat unaware of. In turn this may motivate people in the audience to work for a positive societal change in these issues. Personally, this play brought these social issues to my attention and made me much more aware of my ability to positively impact and assist those who are going through such trials.
After the play... we gave it a thumbs up!
Bibliography: *I have written permission from my friends to use these images in my presentation.* All information from The Devine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt.