“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 Bunker (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. The creation of this script received partial funding from the NJ Theatre Alliance, the NJ State Council on the Arts, and the NJ Historical Commission. Staged readings of a shorter version of the play will be produced at The Bickford Theatre in Morristown, NJ in March as part of NJTA’s “Stages Festival,” and other venues.