Touched by Duse

Something happens when you are
touched by Duse...

Touched by Duse is a documentary feature film. Touched by Duse began as a serendipitous meeting between two friends; Brooklyn based auteur/producer, Tyler A. Chase and Canadian actress, Jennifer Dale.  The two set out to make a film with an idea and a prayer.  Touched by Duse, journeys into the magical world of renowned actors and artists who are devoted to and consider the legendary Italian actress, Eleonora Duse (1859-1924),  as their personal totem. The through line of the movie is intrinsically woven around the unusual story of an elderly actor, Martin Waldron, who is perhaps the last person alive to have been physically touched by Duse. 


Since its inception some of the people who have participated are: Academy Award and Tony winner - Ellen Burstyn, Oscar and Tony Award nominated actress, - Elizabeth Ashley,  "Hollywood coach" - Susan Batson, legendary Meisner expert/teacher - William Esper, Tony Award winner - Marian Seldes, actor - Paul Sorvino, Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe/Emmy nominated - Richard Thomas, actress - Ann Jackson, actor,director - Austin Pendleton, ACTRA and GEMINI Award nominated - Jennifer Dale, Duse biographer - Helen Sheehy, actress and daughter of Geraldine Page - Angelica Page and the list goes on.  The music for our film is composed and performed by Cody Geil.


Eleonora Duse, a late nineteenth, early twentieth century Italian actress was the most acclaimed actress of all time,  She is deemed the mother of modern acting for her pioneering naturalistic work in a time when actors posed and postured.  She inspired Stanislavski to create The Method and was admired and loved by people like George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekov, Henrik Ibsen and James Joyce. Her influence spanned all nations in multiple art forms and is perpetuated by the many legendary artists and individuals who consider her their personal totem and inspiration.