Who We Are
The Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company's productions
are an exciting new dramatic form. Our performances
are based on landmark talks given by Eli Siegel on plays
from world theatre--by Shakespeare, Moliere, Sheridan,
Ibsen, Strindberg, Eugene O'Neill, George Kelly, Susan
Glaspell--and others. We also present, as living drama,
Mr. Siegel's critical discussions of some of the great
novels of all time: Jane Eyre, Huckleberry Finn,
Pere Goriot, Hard Times--to name a few.
Each production--whether of a tragedy or a rollicking
comedy--is a rich interweaving of scenes and comment,
having us see the author's intention, the motivation
of the characters, the meaning of the dialogue--and
what all this says about our lives today. Our performances
have as their basis this principle stated by Mr. Siegel:
beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making
one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.
personally and professionally, we're grateful to Eli
Siegel for his understanding of the drama, literature,
and the selves of people, including our own.
Our repertoire also includes musical productions--with
songs from Broadway, rock 'n roll, union songs, American
folk and traditional ballads, Gilbert and Sullivan--performed
and commented on by the cast.
And--there are special two-part
matinees featuring a theatrical piece, and a performance
by Barbara Allen on flute, and Edward Green on piano
or harpsichord, who speak about works by Bach, Handel,
Mozart, Telemann—and show: We can learn about
ourselves from the very technique of a musical composition!
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Shakespearean presentations in our repertoire
and Deep Evil
"According to Aesthetic Realism,
Iago represents the cunningness of evil in every person....He
says to people, Look, if you think you've dealt with
theproblem of evil that quickly, by making speeches
about it and smiling at each other—don't fool
yourselves! ... The only way you can fight for good
is to keep on understanding evil and never
get tired. Otherwise, evil will come upon you, and
Midsummer Night's Dream;
or, Earthy Whirl
comes to this: Shakespeare bows to a world both shimmering
and obstructive; gossamer and solid; and the play
presents reality in its mysteriousness and solidity.
How is that great mix-up of the world, and all the
confusion in ourselves, to come to anything that is
seen as sensible?....Aesthetics can, while accepting
the utmost in confusion, in the moment of courageous
acceptance see the music that brings it all together.
That is one of the sweet glories of A Midsummer
and Instinct Are There
instincts are either going forward or going away.
They are going forward with amiability or going forward
with againstness; or they are going away with hate
or going away with fear. Roughly, there is a from
and to in the instincts....In the meantime,
the instinct of Shakespeare is working and, it has
been thought, very well. There is an artistic instinct."
Taming of the Shrew
"Shakespeare was solving a problem
through these people in Padua that he saw as an
everlasting problem of persons....Katharina is the
energy in woman looking for a means of showing itself.
Because she hasn't found it yet, she is in an ill
mood. She represents the desire in ourselves to
come to a repose through meeting an energy that
we respect....Once we can see the world as beautiful,
we shall be in a very fortunate position of not
wanting to use our energy in the field of anger
in such a manner that we are displeased with ourselves."
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