UMM Theatre Performance to Benefit Food Pantries

U Maine Machias Alum to Perform One-Man Play

Machias, Maine - The University of Maine at Machias Theatre will present a special performance of Clarence Darrow on Saturday, March 7th. This one-night only performance is a benefit for Washington County's food pantries.

Clarence Darrow is a one-man play about America's greatest lawyer of the 20th century. Written by David W. Rintels, the play is based on the popular Irving Stone biography Clarence Darrow for the Defense.

Born just before the Civil War, Darrow is perhaps best known today for defending high-school teacher John Scopes in the celebrated Tennessee "Monkey Trial" of the 1920's, upon which the popular movie Inherit the Wind was based. In his fifty-plus-year career Darrow tackled many of society's problems, usually, in his words, "on the side of the weak".

In telling the story of his life, Darrow often shows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. He speaks about big business, big government, unions, intolerance, women's suffrage, marriage and infidelity, evolution, religion, Prohibition, the dangers in choosing a jury, who can be president, and whether life is worth living.

Professional actor Scott Sortman, a 2004 graduate of the UMM Interdisciplinary Fine Arts program, and former Cutler lobster fisherman, returns to Machias to play Darrow, under the direction of UMM associate professor Arthur Hill, for this single performance.

Clarence Darrow is being presented as a benefit for Washington County's food pantries on Saturday, March 7th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. There is no charge for admission, but cash donations will be accepted at the door.

For more information contact Arthur Hill at 255-1311.

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