The theater group Les Comédiens Français was organized in 1934 to promote, foster, and perpetuate French language and culture in Louisiana. After presenting more than fifty years of stage productions in French, the group became inactive and established an annual lecture series on French culture, particularly the performing arts, at The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Because the endowment for the annual lecture series does not cover all the costs associated with this event, your financial support is greatly appreciated. Should you like more information about helping to continue this important lecture series, please call The Collection’s development office at (504) 598-7109. All inquiries are held in strictest confidence and without obligation. Thank you for your support.


The Historic New Orleans Collection presents
the fourteenth Les Comédiens Français Lecture
Victor Séjour: A Reappraisal
featuring Alfred E. Lemmon, director of the Williams Research Center
with readings by Pamela D. Arceneaux, Janet Daley Duval, Walter Harris Jr., and Howard Margot
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 • 6 p.m.
Williams Research Center • 410 Chartres Street

This event is free and open to the public.
Reservations* are encouraged and can be made at wrc@hnoc.org or (504) 523-4662.

Among the prized holdings of The Historic New Orleans Collection are materials related to Victor Séjour (1817–1874), a free man of color born in New Orleans who moved to France at age 19 to pursue a writing career. The depth of THNOC’s collection allows new insight into Séjour’s contributions to Louisiana and French cultural history. Best known to local audiences for his poem “Le Retour de Napoléon”—included in the groundbreaking Les Cenelles (1845)—Séjour was more broadly recognized for his numerous contributions to Parisian theatrical life. During his lifetime, his works were translated into numerous languages and published across Europe and the United States. Join us for an evening’s celebration of Séjour’s literary endeavors, highlighted with readings in English of a selection of his works.

*Reservations will be held until ten minutes prior to the start of the program. Any reserved seats unclaimed at that time will be released to the public.