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National Women’s History Month

March 25 and 26, 2017 from 11a to 12:30p

Rosie the Riveter / Home Front National Historic Site
Visitor Education Center
1414 Harbor Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, California

A Future Day of Radiant Peace
United We Can Win

Catherine will present her personal journey with her fellow Americans of Japanese ancestry on March 25.  A discussion with follow.

On Sunday, March 26, theatre students from Mills College will perform A Future Day of Radiant Peace, a play based on the letters Mills Japanese Americans students wrote to their beloved President.

The Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Site honors the effort and sacrifice of Americans who served on the Home Front.  The Rosie Site is located on the grounds of the Kaiser Shipyards where the Rosies produced 747 liberty ships.

From El Monte to Oakland, California

Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street, Oakland, California

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 6PM

To honor the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the Asian Cultural Center will present a Day of Remembrance.

Catherine will present her personal journey with Americans of Japanese ancestry. A native of East Los Angeles, Catherine grew up unaware of the important contribution Japanese immigrants made to the community.  One day, an awakening to this sad chapter in American history led her to tell the story of her fellow Americans.   A graduate of Mills College, Catherine will chronicle the experience of Mills College students as they make the most of their new lives in internment camps far from home.  Through their letters to the beloved President of the College, the Mills sisters vividly paint a picture of their new lives behind barbed wired while affirming their faith in the future.

The Asian Cultural Center will open an exhibit on the internment camps in June and present programs throughout the year to tell the story of Japanese Americans during WWII.

For more information on the Center, please visit their website www.oacc.cc.

Grace is a conscientious child-development major who practices everything she learns on the Non-Res girls. She is no bigger than a minute; a fact which is a great handipcap in her department. You can’t locate her in a group of Toyon children. She has been tapped for Palladium and is an active member of Cosmopolitan Club – witness her decorations at last year’s folk festival. Her pet slogan: “An ounce of prevention…”

rosie-riveterThe Life and Loves of Rosie the Riveter

Thursday, December 8, 2016 – 1PM
December 8 marks the 75th anniversary of the US declaration of War.
Milford Senior Center
9 Jepson Drive; Milford, Connecticut

Catherine will present  Rosie the Riveter in a new light.  Still the hard working, girl behind  the man behind the gun, this Rosie is the sweetheart of every soldier behind that gun.  Based on the letters written to Catherine’s father, Private Harry Ladnier, we will look at Rosie when she wasn’t drilling in that aircraft factory.  Harry’s Rosies–and there were more than one–are fun loving and living every moment to the fullest.

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APRON STRINGS

Sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation

Date: October 8, 2016
Time: 2 PM
Location: Army Heritage and Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive
Carlisle, PA 17013

Free and Open to the Public

Apron Strings is a dramatic play reading that Chronicles the tumultuous years of WWII through the lives of Eva Lee who keeps the home fires burning while her beloved brother, Bill, serves his country and his devoted wife, Mae, counts the days of her Bill’s return.

World War II Weekend – HOMAGE FOR THE JEWISH SOLDIER

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September 17, 2016
Eisenhower Farm

A commemoration of the life, service and sacrifice of Corporal Herbert Rosencrans.  Through his letters home to Dear Mom and Dad, Herb writes eloquently of his love of family and country and his service to the land of his birth.

“We should get down on our knees and thank god every day for being born American.  I fight now to come home.  I fight to deserve to come home.  May God grant me that privilege.”

The first born son of Jewish immigrants, Herb served his country with great distinction. Herb’s mother, Eva Rosencrans, would become a famous dress designer whose clients included Mamie Eisenhower.  Eva designed the First Lady’s inaugural gowns.

Dear Mom and Dad was first performed at the Museum of American Jewish Military History Veterans Day, 2013. Join Catherine Ladnier, and friends of Dear Mom and Dad for a salute to this American hero.

To learn more about the Eisenhower Farm. please visit their website www.nps.gov/eise.

APRON STRINGS

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 2PM
Hagaman Memorial Library
227 Main Street
East Haven, Ct.

As part if the Hagaman Library’s World War II Veterans Discussion Group, a reading of Apron Strings will be presented. This play reading of  Apron Strings will commemorate the anniversary of the sinking of the HMT Rohna, the largest loss of American troops at sea.  Apron Strings chronicles the tumultuous years of WWII through the lives of Eva Lee who keeps the home fires burning while her beloved brother, Bill, serves his country and his devoted wife, Mae, counts the days of her Bill’s return.

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Brothers reunited in France

October 29, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Anne Frank Center, 44 Park Place, New York City

Professor Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt and Catherine will again join forces to present their personal journey with Japanese Americans during WWII.  Kim and Catherine’s program is part of the Anne

Frank Center’s events to honor the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.  Kim and Catherine  first presented their program at the FDR Library to honor the Day of Remembrance. Since that event in February, Professor Roosevelt’s new novel, AllEGIANCE, has been released to critical acclaim. The Anne Frank Center USA, a partner of the Anne Frank House, uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to educate young people and communities in North America about the dangers of intolerance, anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination and to inspire the next generation to build a world based on equal rights and mutual respect. The incarceration of more than 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry is an injustice that Anne Frank would have fought against. To learn more about the Anne Frank Center, please visit their website www.annefrankcenter.com. Please visit Kim’s tumbir site to learn more about his new novel. Allegiance is now available in bookstores and online. http://pennlaw.tumblr.com/post/126996257224/professor-kermit-roosevelts-new-book-allegiance).

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Apron Strings

Friday, June 1, 2015 – 2:30 to 3:30 PM
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

To Mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II A dramatic reading of Apron Strings will  be performed as part of the annual Reunion of the Rohna Survivors Association.  Apron Strings chronicles the love between Lt. William Brown, a survivor, and his devoted wife, Mae, who writes to her Bill and her sister-in-law, Eva Lee. The HMT Rohna is the worst at sea disaster in US history. Bill Brown survived the sinking but more than 1,000 American servicemen did not.  The disaster was classified by the American and British governments for 50 years.

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April 26, 2015 at 3pm

Jewish Cultural Festival
Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, New York

The Jewish Community Center on the Hudson will present the third annual Jewish Cultural Festival, a celebration of Jewish arts, history and rich contribution to American culture. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, the Festival will feature a dramatic reading of Dear Mom and Dad.

First performed at the Museum of American Jewish Military History, Dear Mom and Dad honors the life and service of Herb Rosencrans, the first born American son of Jewish immigrants.  Dear Mom and Dad centers around  the bond between two mothers whose sons served during WWII, two sons who served their country.  Only one will come home.  Eva Rosencrans and Marjorie Wylie represent the mothers who prayed every day for the end of the War.

To learn more about the Festival, please visit the website of JCC on the Hudson – jcconthehudson.org.

Day of Remembrance

Japanese-American-TagsThursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. Day of Remembrance program to recognize the beginning of Japanese American internment during World War II Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Henry A. Wallace Center FDR Presidential Library and Home 4079 Albany Post Road | Hyde Park, NY 12538

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will present a Day of Remembrance program to recognize the beginning of Japanese American internment during World War II on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. To honor the Day of Remembrance, Theodore Roosevelt great-great grandson Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt and playwright Catherine Ladnier will present a legal and personal journey of the Japanese American experience during World War II. The program will take place in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. This event is free and open to the general public.

The Day of Remembrance (February 19) marks the occasion of the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. Executive Order 9066 led to the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans.

Catherine Ladnier’s journey with Americans of Japanese ancestry is also a personal journey. A graduate of Mills College, Ladnier will chronicle the experience of her Mills sisters as they make the most of their new lives in the camps through a dramatic performance. Through their letters to the beloved President of the College, the Japanese American students affirmed their faith in the future. Catherine is a playwright who uses original letters to tell the story of the Greatest Generation.

Please contact Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745 or email clifford.laube@nara.gov with questions about the program.

Dear Eva Readings

North Haven Memorial Library North Haven, Connecticut

November 7, 2014 @ 7pm
Institute for Learning in Retirement
Albertus Magnus College
New Haven, Connecticut
Catherine and Paul will read highlights from Dear Eva to honor Connecticut’s veterans.

November 8, 2014 @ 1pm
Branford Library
Branford, Connecticut
Catherine and Paul will read highlights from Dear Eva to honor Branford’s veterans.

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Grace Fuji, April 1942

The Future Day of Radiant Peace

September 20, 2014 at 2:00pm
Mills College,
Oakland, California

Explore the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII through the letters of Mills College students who wrote to college president Aurelia Henry Reinhardt from their internment camps. The ever-resilient Mills girls, despite their unjust imprisonment far from home, strove to make the best of the hand they were dealt while looking forward to a Future Day of Radiant Peace. Reinhardt (one of the first female Ph.D. graduates from Yale University) and her staff defied the prejudice and hysteria of the time to support their Nisei students. Mills students will perform the roles of their Mills sisters.

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A dramatic reading of The Future Day of Radiant Peace.The script is based on letters written by Mills College women of Japanese ancestry. Far from home and far from their beloved college, the Mills women made the best of their lives in internment camps while they dreamed of and worked for that future day. The Future Day of Radiant Peace will be performed as part of the 2014 Reunion Weekend and will honor those brave young women and President Aurelia Henry Reinhardt, who braved the injustice of the time to support her students.

May 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Reading at the New Canaan Library 151 Main Street New Canaan, CT 06840

Theatrical Reading of Dear Eva

January 24, 2014 – 3:00 PM
Indian River State College – IRSC Foundation Lifelong Learning

Catherine and Paul will perform a theatrical reading of Dear Eva. A gem on the Treasure Coast, Ft. Pierce is one of the oldest communities in Florida.  The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized this vibrant town in 2011 with the Great American Main Street Award.  To learn more about Ft. Pierce and the community’s commitment to their historic downtown, please visit www.mainstreetfortpierce.org.

Dear Mom and Dad

November 11, 2013 Veterans Day, Washington, D.C. 2PM
Museum of American Jewish Military History
Dear Mom and Dad – A Theatrical Reading

A commemoration of the life, service and sacrifice of Corporal Herbert Rosencrans. Through his letters home, Herb chronicles his service to his country and love of home. Herb served with distinction and valor exemplifying those honored on this day.  Herbert Rosencrans was born in New York City October, 1923 to Eva and Alvin Rosencrans–the first born son of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Austria. Herb was the boy every Mom and Dad wishes for and prays will become the man every Mom and Dad looks up to. To learn more about the proud history of Jews in the American military, please visit the Museum’s website www.nmajmh.org.

Afternoon Yawp

October 10, 2013 3PM
Quinnipiac University, Student Center 119
Afternoon Yawp.

Catherine and Paul Jannesch will read Dear Eva. Inspired by Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself from Leaves of Grass, Yawp provides a forum to highlight the creative work of writers within the University community. To learn more about Creative Minds in Action, visit Yawp’s website – www.qumontage.com/category/yawp

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Wednesday, July 25, 2013 – 7:00 pm
Catherine Ladnier and Paul Janensch read highlights from Dear Eva
Orange Library, Orange CT

Sunday, June 9, 2013 – 2:00 pm
The Catherine Lindsey Memorial Actors/Playwrights Workshop presented a festival of new plays. Actors performed a 10 minute reading from Dear Eva for the festival.
Darien Library, Darien CT Friday,

June 14, 2013, 7:00 pm
Catherine Ladnier and Paul Janensch read highlights from Dear Eva
Killingworth Library, Killingworth CT

Merci, Yanks

May 8, 2013
Merci, Yanks was performed at the Scarsdale Club.

Merci, Yanks, first performed to honor the 65th anniversary of VE Day, chronicles the liberation of Europe through letters and period music. The letters, written by Americans soldiers to loved ones back home, tell a story of World War II through the eyes of the ordinary GI Joe as he marches through France and Belgium to Victory. Letters shared with Catherine by old friends and new friends plus letters from Eva. tell another story of life as the War nears its end. One D Day veteran, who was raised in France, writes of his love for the French people. Another Yank writes his wife of the suffering and endurance of the French people while another Joe writes of Belgians kissing them as they liberated their villages. Another Yank writes his wife that he has seen Paris and nothing will be the same. Merci, Yanks commemorates the bond between the American, French and Belgian people. Details of this event will be posted nearer the date.

The Apron Strings

Friday, May 17, 2013
The Apron Strings (a work in progress). A reading of love letters between Mae Brown and her husband, Lt William Brown, a survivor of the sinking of the Rohna.
Rohna Survivors Association Reunion, Omaha, Nebraska

The Future Day of Radiant Peace

Pres. Reinhard--1941 Yearbook, CrestTuesday, April 30, 2013, 7:00pm
Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center, 39 Strickland Rd., Cos Cob, CT

Explore the experience of Japanese Americans during WWII through the letters of Mills College students who wrote to college president Aurelia Henry Reinhardt from their internment camps. The ever-resilient Mills girls, despite their unjust imprisonment far from home, strove to make the best of the hand they were dealt while looking forward to a Future Day of Radiant Peace. Reinhardt (one of the first female Ph.D. graduates from Yale University) and her staff defied the prejudice and hysteria of the time to support their Nisei students. Website: www.greenwichhistory.org

April 25, 2013
Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT
The Future Day of Radiant Peace as part of Greenwich Reads Together. The book selected for this year, “When the Emperor was Devine” by Julie Otsuka.

Dear Eva Reading, Easley SC

April 20, 2013
Catherine Ladnier read highlights from Dear Eva and chronicled the contribution of Pickens County, South Carolina to Winning WWII Kimberly Hampton Library, Easley, South Carolina

Watermark University, Bridgeport, CT

On November 9, 2012, Watermark University in Bridgeport, CT – Presented Highlights from Dear Eva as part of Watermarks’ program of lifetime learning. For additional information on other programs offered at Watermark, please check out their website www.watermarkcommunities.com.

drawingHudson River Museum – Women and War-Portraits

In 1943, the Museum organized a project to honor young women who joined the WACs, the Women’s Army Corps, by enlisting local artist, Francis Vandeveer Kugler. Kugler painted their portraits which, were donated to the Museum. The goal was to ensure that “future generations should have a living record of our fighting women who volunteered to serve their country.” The portraits have not been on public display since the War years. As part of of this exciting project, the Museum hosted a Brown Bag Lunch and Roundtable with Catherine. The Brown Bag Lunch highlighted the role of women on the homefront who also served, but in different ways than their sisters in uniform. This six-week series included: Highlights from Dear Eva, with a discussion on how to turn letters into a play, The Japanese-American experience, Servicewoman in Westchester Women and War, The Life and Loves of Rosie the Riveter, The Girl Singers of 1944 and One Soldier Boy, and The Girls Back Home. Learn more about this exciting program at the Museum’s website www.hrm.org.

The Shawnee Playhouse calendar

As part of their 2012 Original Playwright Contest, presented The Great Depression Cabaret.  The Worthington Players performed the Cabaret in front of a live audience who judged the cabaret as part of a contest to determine the winning play that will be featured in the 2013 season at the Playhouse, also performed at the Playhouse was Love in a Time of War

Other Performances & Venues

The Russell Library
Middletown CT
One Book Program
– Highlights from Dear Eva.

Federation of the Alliance Francaise
Louisville KY
Merci Yanks Workshop

Smithsonian Museum of American Art
The House I Live In

Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT
Discovering Uncle Harrington, Act I of Dear Eva, Act II of Dear Eva
Website: www.greenwichhistory.org

Theatre at the University of Memphis
Love in a Time of War
Website: www.memphis.edu

Mills College Club of New York
The Girls Back Home
Website: www.millsclubny.org

Alliance Francaise and Second Congregational Church
Greenwich, CT
Merci Yanks, D Day
Website: www.2CC.org

The Foothills Playhouse, Easley, South Carolina
Lest We Forget
Website: www.easleyfoothillsplayhouse.com

Lyndhurst, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Tarrytown, NY
Love in a Time of War
Website: www.lyndhurst.org