The Juliana Project encompasses
both the novel and the on-going monthly performances of the novel
by professional actors. Every fourth Tuesday of the month actors
perform chapters from the novel at the Duplex Nightclub and Piano
Bar to a recurring enthusiastic audience. This has been going on
since December 2014.
We have a number of ways of helping newcomers catch up to the story
so that anyone joining us for the first time in the middle of the
novel will not feel left out.
Along with the performance of the novel singing and sometimes dancing
from the time period is included. The Juliana Project is part novel,
part old radio program, part play and part nightclub entertainment.
Juliana is "...intriguing and (it) genuinely drew the viewer into the story with complex relationships and characters and
twists in the plot. I recommend this series because it gives a peephole into LGBT history while being reminiscent of the 1940s era."
—Danielle Micell Cabaret Today, Aug 1, 2015
One of the most intriguing projects I've seen in a club in quite some time is
the monthly serialization of "Juliana," a novel by Vanda that (was) officially
released in February 2016 (Booktrope)….
Although it is technically a staged reading (scripts are within reach of the
actors), the depth of performances, and the colorful dialogue (even minor
characters leave an indelible impression) make it seem fully realized to the
audience. (Kevin Hall Scott, Edge Media, Dec 4, 2015)
It’s daring to stage a novel, word for word, pages in hand, but it works at
the Duplex, gifting the audience with song and laughter and heartache
At the helm of the book is our narrator Al, played so wonderfully by Molly
Collier. I found myself immediately liking and connecting with her. She is an
intriguing and most affable character, and has a great sense of humor for there
is also humor in this. (Holli Harms, The Front Row Center, 2/11/15)