GRAND FORKS, ND — History comes alive on stage across the state when the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre performs the words of U.S. veterans this November, called “Warrior Words.”

The program began as a writing workshop in five cities in North Dakota, held between 2014-2015. Veterans from different generations representing World War II up through the current war in Afghanistan bravely shared their stories on paper. The workshop, funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, featured 44 veterans, ran two years and was facilitated by the Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre. The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre then commissioned North Dakota writers to adapt their essays into stage monologues. Nine of those veterans’ works will be performed and tour in three North Dakota cities in November.

Tour places and dates: Minot, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., in the Aleshire Theater, Hartnett Hall; Bismarck, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., in Arno Gustin Hall on the University of Mary campus; Nov. 8, Dickinson, 2 p.m., in the Beck Auditorium on the Dickinson State University campus. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored in part by the N.D. Humanities Council.

Old woman's hands holding an American flag

“The pieces are testaments to the individual experiences of war,” said Kathy Coudle-King, executive director of the theatre. “These are stories that you won’t find in your high school history books. They’re personal and insightful and come directly from the minds and hearts of these veterans. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth and adults to learn more about the personal sacrifice wars extract. You won’t hear about this battle or that, but you will hear about the soldier’s battle as he or she navigates what it means to serve their country.”

The performers will portray narratives written (or based on interviews) by Anna Walker, WW II nurse (Grand Forks); Roxanne Evans, a soldier and daughter of a Korean veteran (Dickinson); Orlan Hall, Vietnam (Minot); Steve Schilling, Vietnam (Bismarck); Michael Harvey, Vietnam (Grand Forks); Kurt Peterson, (1980-96) (Bismarck); Jessica Adams, Iraq (formerly in Fargo, currently PA); Melissa Pavlicek, Kuwait (Dickinson); and Greg Kaiser, Afghanistan (Grand Forks).

Performing the pieces are Amy Driscoll, Alivia Holkesvig, Nate Pace, Patrick Pearson, and Brad Werner. Directed by Kathy Coudle-King.

Pieces were adapted for the stage by Kelly Gullickson, Nancy Swerdlow, Nate Pace, Rosie MacDonald, and Kathy Coudle-King.