1988: trunk was purchased by Donna Russell at a garage sale
2008: trunk was opened and the letters were discovered.
2008-2014: Donna Russell selects letters and conceives of “Dear Rhoda.”
2014: Donna Russell brings the outline of a play to the Island Players reading committee.
2014: Donna Russell and David Ranney, a member of the Island Players Reading Committee, begin a collaboration on the further development of the play.
May, 2015: A staged reading is performed at Washington Island’s Washington Hotel to an audience of 100. After the play there is an extensive discussion.
June, 2015- March 2016: “Dear Rhoda” goes through several revisions based on an additional reading as well as extensive comments from reviewers of the revised scripts. In the process, the play is expanded for a full production.
June 17, 18, 19: “Dear Rhoda” is produced at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center on Washington Island.