"A Year in the Trenches" presented by East Lynne Theater Company
Name: "A Year in the Trenches" presented by East Lynne Theater Company
Date: September 22, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
"If someone in the year 1916 told me that in 1917 I'd be in the army, I would have thought him insane," said Charles Edward Dilkes (1887-1968). Meet Sergeant 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 U.S. entered World War I a hundred years ago. "A Year in the Trenches" is based on Dilkes' book "Remembering World War I: An Engineer's Diary of the War," and other historical accounts. Charles Edward Dilkes was born in Philadelphia, but spent the rest of his life in New Jersey after the war. Live music from the period is performed throughout. The script for this world premiere, written by James Rana and developed with Gayle Stahlhuth, was commissioned by the New Jersey Historical Commission and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.