Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - Titusville, Florida. The heart of Florida's space coast.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
WINNER! 2014 Woodward/Newman Drama Award
WINNER! 2015 Laurents/Hatcher Special Citation of Excellence
2015 Kilroys List
WINNER! 2016 Kesserling Prize for Playwriting
Newly discharged soldier Jess has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of Afghanistan, but painful burns that have left her physically and emotionally scarred. Jess soon realizes that things at home have changed even more than she has. Through the use of virtual reality video game therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. As Jess advances farther in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life, and, slowly, herself.
CRITICS' PICK! "A bracing drama that confronts an achingly topical issue with hardheaded honesty and admirable compassion. Lindsey Ferrentino is a brave playwright and a writer of dauntless conviction." - The New York Times, Read More
"Powerful. Uncommonly compelling depection of not merely recovery but also repentance and renewal. Transformative and exhilirating" - TheatreMania, Read More
"Raw and inescapably moving [...] A play of small moments tha hide big emotions." - The New York Observer, Read More
"Pain is personal in Lindsey Ferrentino’s thoughtful meditation on trauma [...] Ferrentino reminds us that our internal landscape, like our pain, is ours alone." - The New Yorker, Read More
"Ugly Lies The Bone is clearly the work of a young talent with plenty ahead of her. It’s timely, compelling and as current as you could want; brava to a playwright who focuses on the combat experiences of a woman." - Deadline Hollywood, Read More
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UGLY LIES THE BONE: A Story of Healing, Small Town America and Magical Realism
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Ugly Lies the Bone premiered at Roundabout Underground in New York City in September of 2015 under the direction of Patricia McGregor.