"Dear Eva" - Readings from a Play about WW II

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Behind the major battles and military maneuvers that defined World War II were the countless personal stories that also defined the second World War. New Canaan Library is proud to host a special, stirring presentation:  a reading of highlights from “Dear Eva,” a captivating non-fiction play based on World War II letters that were written by ordinary men and women in an extraordinary time. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room.

The play’s co-authors, Catherine Ladnier of Greenwich and Paul Janensch of Bridgeport, will perform the reading. The letters were saved by Eva Lee Brown of Easley, S.C., and discovered by her daughter, Catherine. The letters describe life on the battlefield and on the home front. The men are in uniform, and some see action.  The women are lonely and dealing with shortages.  The letters are candid, at times sad and at times humorous. The common theme, however, is a longing for a return to normal life.

Upon finding her mother’s letters Catherine Ladnier, a theater buff and compliance consultant in the securities industry, invited Paul Janensch, a former newspaper editor and professor emeritus of journalism at Quinnipiac University, to collaborate with her.  Together, they selected the most dramatic letters, arranged them into story lines and edited them down to their essentials.

At the conclusion of the readings Catherine and Paul will welcome questions and open a discussion with the audience.

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