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.”     
(Rudyard Kipling)

Mission Statement

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.

Upcoming Events


March 10, 2018 from 11am -12 noon

Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
1414 Harbour Way South
Richmond, CA 94804
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - cIick here for more info

In commemoration of National Women's History Month, Catherine and theater students from Mills College will present The Women Back Home. We will go back to the home front of 1944 as the women carry on and keep the home fires burning as their men serve overseas. The wives, mothers, sweethearts of servicemen work in factories, plant victory gardens and manage the home, counting the days til their boys come marching home. Based on letters written to a new bride, a sweetheart, a sister and a mother, we will return to a time when service and sacrifice were the order of the day.

The Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historic Site is dedicated to telling the stories of the home front. To learn more, please visit the website,