AUGUSTA — A play, “Life in a Jar — A story of heroism” will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jewett Hall.

The play tells the true story of Irena Sendler, whose courageous efforts saved more than 2,500 children from almost certain death in the Warsaw Ghettos of Warsaw, Poland, during World War II. Sendler risked her life and found ways to sneak the children out of the Ghettos to safe houses in the community — she then made lists of the children’s real names, put the lists in jars and then buried those jars in a garden so that someday she could dig them up and find the children to tell them of their real identities.

She lived to be 98 years old and was able to participate in, and meet all those involved with, the Irena Sendler Project — a non-profit organization which helps support the five surviving people who worked with Sendler in saving children over seventy years ago and funds traveling performances of the play, according to a news release.

This is the first time “Life in a Jar” has been performed in Maine. A question and answer period will follow the show.

Tickets are free — a donation of $10 at the door is suggested. To reserve tickets, email [email protected]. For more information, visit www.irenasendler.org.