FARMINGTON — The University of Maine at Farmington was recently awarded a Moss Hart Memorial Award by the New England Theatre Conference — New England’s oldest and largest regional theatre association — for its March 2012 Theatre UMF production of Bruce Graham’s “Coyote on a Fence.”

According to a press release, the production was awarded an honorable mention in the award’s College and University Theatre Division. This is one of only two prestigious Moss Hart Memorial Awards awarded to New England college theater productions this year.

A drama set in a southern prison, “Coyote on a Fence” explores complex questions about today’s society and how it measures guilt and innocence.

The UMF production included performances by an ensemble student cast: Zachary Fowler of Presque Isle, Austin Hayes of Gorham, Jade Wells of Pittsfield and Jared Boghosian of Belgrade. Stanley Spilecki, resident scenic and lighting designer, led the technical team in transforming Alumni Theater into a prison experience.

Elizabeth Dorr, UMF faculty member, added to the overall effect with costume design, while Drew McLain, UMF senior from Farmington majoring in music and theater arts, worked in sound design to help create the chaos of prison life.

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