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, Molière, 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, Père 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:
All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.
Both 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, Gilbert and Sullivan, and rock & roll; American folk and traditional ballads and union songs—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. They speak about works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Telemann—and show: We can learn about ourselves from the very technique of a musical composition!
The Theatre Company is grateful to Ellen Reiss, the Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education, for what we are learning in the classes she teaches, and for her encouragement of our sincere expression in life and art.
A Statement by Anne Fielding, Director
On January 30, 2016, our beloved colleague Timothy Lynch, actor, singer, and labor leader, died suddenly. We are tremendously affected by the loss of our great friend. His sincerity, his artistry and versatility as an actor, his beautiful singing voice, his delightful humor, his enthusiasm for the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company and what it stands for inspired us, enlivened us, made us better, and he will be part of us forever. We passionately want and intend to be true to what he stood for and hoped for so much—that Aesthetic Realism, the philosophy founded by Eli Siegel, be known truly so it can be studied and loved by people worldwide.
In “Timothy Lynch Represents America,” issue 1924 of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, you can read about the meaning of his important life.
And we are very grateful and proud that you can see him in this video created by Robert Murphy: Timothy Lynch—Speaking, Acting, Singing, with the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company.
For the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company