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Francine L. Trevens (1932-October 20, 2013)
by Janine Nina Trevens
© January 1, 2014, Janine Nina Trevens

Friends of the Purple Circuit:
We have lost a special and creative friend with the passing of Francine L. Trevens on October 20, 2013. I can’t quite remember when I first met Francine but visiting her became part of my annual trip to New York for many years. She was warm, bursting with creative energy, and supportive of The Purple Circuit. She was connected with many greats of our theater like Jane Chambers, Doric Wilson, Robert Chesley, Arch Brown, Sydney Morris and Robert Patrick. She published them all, and others, including herself, as publisher of T’n’T Books, which will also be missed. Her legacy is also with her daughters and grandchildren, of whom she was proud. I welcome those of you who were touched by her, to send us your remembrances, as well as send donations to TADA! Youth Theater in New York, of which her daughter, Nina Trevens is Artistic Director. Thank you so much. — Bill Kaiser, Purple Circuit editor and founder.
Note: See Francine’s Purple Circuit article Old Plays are Gold - Revealing the wealth of history.


Francine L. Trevens
photo: Yuri Arcurs  

Francine L. Trevens died at home with her two daughters by her side on October 20th, 2013. She had been involved in theater, in one way or another, since she appeared in a kindergarten play. She wrote scripts while still in High School, and she had one presented on radio before graduation.

Her directing career blossomed simultaneously at school and community theaters. In Boston, she appeared in a play with Leonard Nimoy, which later led her to selling national magazine celebrity interviews of him and other personalities.

She studied at the University of Massachusetts and Boston University. She worked in publishing at MacFadden Publications in New York and Jerome Press in Boston.

For ten years she was a dance and drama critic for the Springfield Daily News in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Her playwriting and directing continued. Stage West gave two of her full-length plays dark night readings.

When she returned to her native New York, she became a theatrical press agent handling such plays as “Torch Song Trilogy” and other Glines Productions, “Steel Magnolias,” “Tallulah” and her Broadway credits included: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Fifth of July,” “Evita,” “Whoopee!,” “Eubie!,” “Gemini,” and others.

In New York, she directed a variety of plays, during a 30-year period which included Jane Chambers’ “A Late Snow,” Arch Brown’s “Brut Farce,” the NY premiere of William Gibson’s “The Butterfingers Angel,” and “Mary and Joseph,” among many others.

She was a published author for 60 years. In 1994, she became a publisher, creating TnT Classic Books, for which she published her own and many other writer’s plays.

In 2004, she began writing for the Art Times Journal. Her last piece was published in August 2013.

Francine co-founded the Greater New York Independent Publishers Association. Also a member of Dramatists Guild, Independent Book Publishers Association, and theater’s ATPAM.

The things she loved, she loved, and the things she didn’t she let you know.

Francine is survived by her daughters, Janine Nina Trevens and Melissa DiGenova; son-in-law, Andy Bryant; daughter-in-law, Lynn DiGenova and five grandchildren: Ceanna, Michael, Sky, Anthony, and Jared.

Francine did not want a funeral. There will be a memorial service in January. In lieu of flowers, she requested donations may be made to TADA! Youth Theater.

Janine Nina Trevens, executive and artistic director
TADA! Youth Theater
212-252-1619 x121


Copyright 2014 by Janine Nina Trevens

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