A Staged Reading of a World Premiere
“If someone in the year 1916 told me that in 1917 I’d be in the army, I would have thought that insane,” said Charles Edward Dilkes (1887-1968). Meet Dilkes, poet Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918), pilot Kenneth Russell Unger (1898-1979), nurse Amabel Scharff Roberts (1891-1918), “Hello Girl” Grace Banker (1892-1960) and other Americans who went to Europe when the United Stated entered World War I a hundred years ago. Written by James Rana, A YEAR IN THE TRENCHES is based on Dilkes’ book REMEMBERING WORLD WAR I: AN ENGINEER’S DIARY and accounts written by others. Dilkes was born in Philadelphia, but spent the rest of his life in New Jersey after the war.
A co-production with the Bickford Theatre, New Jersey Historical Commission and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance