Theatre matters to many different people in many different ways. The same piece of theatre can mean many different things. It can be used to find our true selves, educate ourselves and peers, and discover what it really means to be a human being in our current world and how we can make it a better place for not just ourselves, but also the next generation.
The perfect theatrical experience is one that enlightens, entertains and educates. It is meant to fulfill our whole being and tends to the essential needs of the soul. It teaches us to embrace the human condition, which is the relationships, emotions, feelings, and experiences that make us human beings and allows us to participate in society.
Throughout history, theatre has been used to teach, manipulate/influence, heal, rage/anger, and calm the audience and general public. Theatre requires a theme, performers, audience, and a place to witness it. The psychologist explains that theatre creates the feeling of empathy and full of emotions that an individual may not experience regularly. It also is important because it brings people together, both physically and socially. Physically because people sit in a dark theatre for hours, filled with others, but at the same time it feels as if no one else is around you. Socially because you have experienced the same thing and now have a common experience to discuss.
Oskar Eustis eloquently describes dialogue as storytelling and connects that aspect to the foundation of democracy. Both theatre and democracy require various perspectives to be effective. They also both require empathy to understand both sides of a story or argument. Something that theatre excels at, but democracy lacks is both the influence and discussion of modern problems, and the inclusion and representation of all people from all backgrounds.