Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy

Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy is an original stage play written by Michael R. Fletcher. The play is inspired by the World War I diary of Reese Melvin Russell of Southwest Virginia. Fletcher is the grandson of Russell.

Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy had its world premiere in October 2018. The play was produced by River City Community Players, and directed by Alex Martin with the following cast:

Reese Russell – Aaron Willoughby
Frances Russell – Sarah Wendt
Sena Pyrtle Russell, Pauline, Nurse – Karen Moody
Buddy Clayton – Daryl Scruggs
John Russell, British Officer – Randy Bardonner
Charlie Jackson, Lieutenant, Oliver – Brian Martin
Alice Russell, Woman – Diana Sage

Fletcher tells of the inspiration and creation of the script in his blog The Write Side of My Brain: One hundred years in the making.

For information regarding the rights to this script, contact the playwright at