The meeting between Pagnani and Jacques Copeau was in very delicate moment of actress’s life. Her husband, the pilot Franco Pagnani, was just deceased of a plane crash and she was meditating to stop artistic activity. Thank to the religious soul of the famous French director Copeau, she found out a way to overcome the pain.
«He talked to me of theology, he accompanied me to church to help me with my interpretation of Santa Olive, but most importantly, He treated me as warm and true friend. My personal memory of Copeau does not refer only to a memorable show, but to human encounter.» ("Sipario", 1965, n. 236). ‘Rappresentazione di Santa Uliva’ (‘The representation of Saint Olive’), the most harmonious and spiritual performance of the XX Century, that took place in Santa Croce cloister on June 5th- 7th 1933, blossomed from that human encounter. Her performance is known as a memorable one and became legendary in the memory of those who had the fortune to attend; under Copeau direction she reached one of the highest peaks of her art
«a sorrowful expression, full of grace, and a pious attitude, always sincere, always touching » (Renato Simoni, "Corriere della Sera", June 6, 1933). One month later, Copeau summarizes in these words the secret of the success of the show: «You are praised, my dear little Andreina, for the gifts that are rare today: decency ... purity. I hope that you will be able to keep intact these gifts that God has given you and that the character of Santa Uliva had the honor to light up.» (Letter of Copeau to Andreina Pagnani, Paris, July 8th, 1933).