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.