Christmas, 1914 on the Western Front during World War I. Soldiers on both sides, barley surviving in amazingly harsh conditions, up to their knees in mud and water, enduring the disease and slaughter that was trench warfare. But spontaneously, in several places along the front lines, soldiers on both sides begin singing Christmas songs, then cautiously climb out of their trenches to meet in no-man's land, to exchange good wishes, cigarettes and other small gifts, declaring an unofficial break from the horrors of battle. To celebrate this 100th anniversary of what came to be known as The Christmas Truce, the world premiere of Soldier's Christmas will be performed at Northern Kentucky University. Here to discuss the play and the events that inspired it are playwright Phil Paradis, and NKU Associate Professor of History Dr. Francois LeRoy.
Soldier's Christmas, part of the Cincinnati Remembers World War I project, will be presented at NKU's Corbett Theatre on December 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. For more information visit www.Cincyticket.com or www.soldierschristmas.net.