FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington will present “He and She,” a turn-of-the-century drama about the plight of the emancipated woman, March 12-15 in celebration of Women’s History Month.

Rachel Crothers’ play will be staged at 7:30 p.m., March 12, 13 and 14; and at 2 p.m. March 15 in UMF Alumni Theater.

Years ahead of its time, “He and She” explores the question of traditional gender roles within the family and the professional world by looking at the lives of the Herford family.

Tom Herford and his wife, Ann, are both sculptors competing for the same important commission. As each submits an entry for the prestigious prize, their marriage is threatened as they are faced with the question of what a woman’s role should be in society, and how she reconciles her desire for both a family and a career.

Under the direction of Andrea Southard, UMF professor of theater, “He and She” features an all-student cast and crew, which includes Mark Lemos of Durham and Elizabeth DeAngelis of Lewiston.

The leading female playwright of the first half of the 20th century, Crothers made many contributions to realistic modern drama, writing and producing on average of one Broadway play per year. She was a pioneer in the world of theater – directing, staging and casting most of her own plays. Beyond the quality of her craft, she is recognized for the way her writing addressed the social and moral problems that affected women of that era.

She was also noted for her philanthropic work throughout her career, establishing relief organizations in response to the needs of World War I and II veterans and their families, and Depression era victims.

“He and She” tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children. Tickets will be available at the door and may be reserved by calling 778-7465.

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