AESTHETIC REALISM THEATRE COMPANY
These productions are an exciting new dramatic form based on landmark talks given by Eli Siegel on plays from world theatre and some of the great novels of all time. Each performance—whether of a tragedy or a rollicking comedy—is a rich interweaving of scenes and comment, having us see what they say about our lives today: “All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”
The repertoire also includes musical productions and 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!
Shakespeare’s Othello; or, Clever and Deep Evil
Julius Caesar; or, Mixed Motives in Ancient Rome
Shakespeare—& What Is Love? [The Taming of the Shrew]
Absurdity in a Dukedom; or, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night
Shakespeare’s The Tempest; or, Darkness, I Love You
Shakespeare’s Hamlet: Revisited
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; or, Earthy Whirl
Evil Seen Beautifully; or, Voltaire’s Candide
Sheridan’s The School for Scandal; or, A Sneer Brightens Everything
Symmetry and Fury in Sheridan’s The Critic
Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; or, How is One Thought Of?
Strindberg’s The Father; or, What Interferes With Love?
What is Individuality? or, Sudermann’s Magda
Ethics is a Living Thing! Southey’s Wat Tyler
Molière’s School for Wives; or, Agnes and the Bourgeoisie
Humanity’s Opposites—Beginning with Ireland [Juno and the Paycock and Irish Songs]
Susan Glaspell’s Suppressed Desires; or, Freud is Piffle
George Kelly’s The Flattering Word
Eugene O’Neill’s Beyond the Horizon
Entertainment Is with the Profit System [Arthur Kober’s Having Wonderful Time]
Rock ‘n’ Roll, the Opposites, & Our Greatest Hopes—A Celebration!
“Ethics Is a Force!”—Songs about Labor
The Great Fight of Ego vs. Truth—Songs about Love, Justice, & Everybody’s Feelings
Literary & Historical
The Civil War, Unions, & Our Lives!
Who Was Mark Twain?: A Dramatic Consideration of Huckleberry Finn
How Should a Person Be Seen?: Charles Dickens’ Hard Times
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre; or, This Girl Had Good Will
- Videos of songs from performances
- Outreach Programs
- Drama Is Opposites, blog by Anne Fielding
- Actors & the Drama, articles by Bennett Cooperman
To request a presentation by the Aesthetic Realism Theatre Company for your school or organization, please contact Anne Fielding, Director, at 212.777.4490.