The Emotional Experience - By Melissa Gurney The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt

The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt expresses katharsis, the Greek word for the process of "coming clean," by addressing all of the previously discussed topics such as child labor, social classes, and sexual abuse by priests in a manner that exposes these issues. The audience is shown the horrible aspects of history and the issues still faced today. Theater publicly presents issues such as these to allow the audience and society to reflect on them. This performance uncovers and reveals multiple important topics through the lives of the characters in this play. During the Talk Back, the actors expressed their devotion to this play and what it meant for them personally. They also discussed the societal impacts that they believe this play has. It was made clear by the end of the performance and Talk Back that this play is emotionally moving, not just to me personally but to the entire cast as well the audience. The Divine: A Play for Sarah Bernhardt is not just any play; it is play written to expose not just one issue but multiple important issues and is performed in way that emotionally, culturally, and intellectually changes you.


Melissa Gurney

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