A Midcoast student is featured in University of Maine at Farmington Theatre’s Spring Mainstage production, a double-bill featuring Madeleine George’s “The Most Massive Woman Wins” and the premiere of “something which was never mine,” an original work of devised theater created by the ensemble under the direction of Melissa C. Thompson, UMF assistant professor of performing arts.

Performances will be Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m., March 7 through 10, in the Alumni Theater, off High Street on the UMF campus. There will be a post-show talkback with the cast immediately following the Friday performance. All are welcome to attend.

In honor of Women’s History Month, these two pieces explore the experiences of women and femmes and the ways in which both individual people and social institutions can approach them body-first, rather than person-first. In combination, these two performances probe important social and political issues regarding women’s agency and the value society places on women’s conformity to socially constructed ideals of beauty and sexuality.

In “The Most Massive Woman,” four total strangers meet in a liposuction clinic. As they wait for their appointments with the doctor, they go on journeys from the past to present, reliving their respective histories from the first moments they learned their bodies were “problems” needing to be fixed to the critical events that led them to choose plastic surgery.

The second performance on the program is an original performance collaboratively created by the acting ensemble. After reading the Sonya Renee Taylor poem “The Body Is Not an Apology,” the ensemble spent weeks investigating the ways women’s bodies are viewed and treated within society, entertainment and interpersonal relationships. These discussions, in conjunction with extensive physical theater training, ultimately led the ensemble to develop a piece that is an empowering testimony to personal agency.

“I’m delighted to be working on two shows with these themes,” said director Thompson. “With movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, we are currently in a cultural moment where women have opened up a hard-won space in the cultural conversation where they can engage in frank public discussion regarding the ways their bodies are treated by both individual people and social institutions.

These performances open up conversations that are absolutely vital at this time, she added. This creative process has been a space where women and feminine-of-center people can speak to the experiences that they find crucial and powerful.

“We span an array of issues that we think many audience members can connect to,” Thompson said.

The student performance ensemble includes Kenzie McMahon of Rockland, as well as Gail Bello, Audrey Bradbury, Simoane Lowel, Brittany Paradis and Samantha Wood. Ripley Biggs is stage manager.

Tickets are $8 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; and $5 for students with ID. For tickets, call the Alumni Theatre Box office at 778-7465.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.