Reception after “Great Actresses” screening next Thursday


Portrait of Réjane.

Cafe Pinot has offered to extend its happy hour menu ’til closing for those who attend the free screening of Great Actresses of the Past. There will be live music to accompany this rare, silent film. I’ll also be speaking about Réjane and O Réjane. For event details check out


Portrait posted with permission from Réjane’s family.

We’re on

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Réjane in “Madame Sans-Gêne,” the play she performs in the rare film “Great Actresses of the Past.”

Check out our listing by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Sponsorship Ahoy!

We’ve contacted some great companies about O Réjane sponsorship. If your company is interested in sponsoring a piece of Francophile history, please request our  corporate sponsorship package.

Library programs made the LA Times

Glad the fabulous Central Library programming is getting some love in the LA Times. Extra glad to have Réjane be a part of it in Great Actresses of the Past.



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Great Actresses of the Past will be Present in August

Great Actresses of the Past, the only film of Réjane – with Sarah Bernhardt, Eleanora Duse and Minnie Maddern Fiske – is coming to Los Angeles. On loan from MoMA Film Library, this is a rare opportunity to see Genius in action.

To quote Arthur Symons, legendary English drama critic, “Only three actresses in our generation possessed that supreme quality, Genius: Eleanora Duse, Sarah Bernhardt and Réjane.”

After the film, I’ll be giving a talk on Réjane. Great Actresses of the Past was the basis for the the paper I co-wrote with O Réjane Dramaturg Tonia N. Sutherland, “Madame Sans Genre: A Collaboration in the Process of Theatre and Documentation,” which we presented at the Theatre Library Association (Annual Conference Plenary Session, 2010).

Come see Great Actresses of the Past at the Central Library downtown on August 21st at 6p. For more on the event, check out:

To the Bootleg!


We could not be more proud to announce that “O Réjane” will open at Bootleg Theater in LA on November 14, 2014.

We have a spectacular cast lined up (official announcement coming soon) and our top-notch artistic team is still on board. 

At the helm: Playwright and Ship Captain Ilana Turner; Director Christopher Sivertsen (whose company Awake Projects was recently certified by the UN); Musical Collaborator Adrien Reju (who is in talks with a well-regarded French musician about working on “O Réjane” – official announcement soon); and Dramaturg Tonia N. Sutherland. 

We are in the midst of pre-production, including grant-proposals, corporate sponsorship talks, and fundraising efforts.

Stay tuned!

the Trailer est arrivé!

Thanks again to NoodleHaus for a job well and generously done.

What’s in a name?

A lot. And the name of this play is now O Réjane. Much as I liked the title To Live, Darling, the new title is easier. Pulling Réjane out of historical obscurity is task number 1 and getting her name out there is the first means to that end.

The trailer, generously produced by NoodleHaus is under construction. It will feature music from Adrien Reju (Réjane’s great-great granddaughter), just like O Réjane will. I’m so excited! I just can’t hide it!

And thanks to all of you who contributed to our fundraising campaign. All of our expenses have been covered. Phew!