My name is Eva Lee, I am a Southerner, a South Carolinian. Southerners tell stories and Southerners write. So, I wrote in my diary and I wrote letters. So y’all listen up, I have a story to tell…
In fact, there are several stories.
Each story reflects the turmoil of the world as shown through the lives of the American family.
From the tough times of the Great Depression, to fears of another war; from wartime service and sacrifice; to final victory and the homecoming of the boys – our American families went through it all. You are invited to share their experiences in:
Dear Eva: A Play About World War II ♦ Love in a Time of War ♦ Lest We Forget ♦ Merci, Yanks
Listen to a Valentine’s Day interview with Catherine Ladnier on WGCH radio.
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
Dear Eva strives to tell the stories of the Greatest Generation who lived, loved and sacrificed during the Great Depression and World War II. Their stories will be told through the letters written to family and friends at a time when letter writing was both the primary means of communicating with those far away and a literary art. The letters are transformed into plays, revues and plain old story telling to pass on to a new generation the fears, joys and longing for a better world.
The Radio Broadcast Premiere
Sunday, July 8, 2018 @ 2PM
Dyersburg State Community College
First Citizens Bank Building
1510 Lake Road
Following their standing room only performance at the 75th Anniversary Reunion, June 22, the Theatre Group of the Dyer County Arts Council will again present Apron Strings. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the creation of the 853rd Engineers Aviation Battalion. Established in Halls, Tennessee in January 1943, the 853rd was the largest military unit on the HMT Rohna when it was hit by a radar controlled guided missile November 26, 1943. The 853rd lost more than 60% of its men. The men of the 853rd, including Eva's brother Lt William Brown, would go onto to India to build runways for the B-29s.
Since learning of the connection to the 853rd and the HMT Rohna, the Dyersburg-Dyer County Historical Society and Arts Council will continue to honor the men who trained at the Dyersburg Army Air Base and served with courage and honor during Word War II.