FARMINGTON —University of Maine at Farmington Theater Arts program and Women and Gender Studies program will present Rachel Crothers’ play, “He and She,” in celebration of Women’s History Month. This turn-of-the-century drama on the plight of the emancipated woman will be performed at 7:30 p.m., March 12-14; and at 2 p.m., March 15, at the UMF Alumni Theater.
Years ahead of its time, Crothers’ play explores the question of traditional gender roles in 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. “The students first read Crothers’ drama in their U.S. Theatrical Literature and History course,” said Southard, “and were convinced this surprisingly early representation of the women’s movement and gender roles issues was a story they wanted to tell on stage. The UMF Theater Arts program is committed to educational theater and creating opportunities for both the artists and the audience to explore questions that impact everyone’s daily lives.”
The leading female playwright of the first half of the twentieth century, Crothers made many contributions to realistic modern drama, writing and producing on average 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.
Tickets for the performance are $7 for adults, $6 for non-UMF students, $4 for senior citizens and children, and free for UMF students with their I.D. Tickets are available at the time of the performance, and can be reserved by calling the Alumni Theater box office at 207-778-7465.
More Information on Cast and Crew of “He and She”
Director, Andrea Southard
In her 27-year tenure at UMF, Southard’s productions have covered a wide range of styles and periods such as Sheridan’s “The School for Scandal;” Goldoni’s “The Fan;” the standard thriller, “Dracula;” contemporary dramas like Lanford Wilson’s “Book of Days;” “Enchanted April,” by Matthew Barber (from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim); John Guare’s “House of Blue Leaves;” and such musicals as “The Fantasticks” and “Cabaret.” Southard received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/language arts, a master’s degree in theater and drama, and a doctorate in theater and drama from the University of Kansas.
Tom Herford . . . . . Mark Lemos – Durham
Ann Herford . . . . . Elizabeth DeAngelis – Lewiston
Daisy Herford . . . . . Rebekah Church – Vienna
Millicent Herford . . . . . Rebecca Hodgdon – South Berwick
Dr. Remington . . . . . Ryan Patstone – North Waterboro
Keith McKenzie . . . . . Adam Randal – Braintree, Mass.
Ruth Creel . . . . . Jade A. Wells – Pittsfield
Ellen . . . . . Amanda Reynolds-Gregg –Randolph
Stage Manager . . . . . Amanda McClelland – Middleboro, Mass.
Assistant Stage Manager . . . . . Kenny Lamb –