Ugly on the Inside

by  Steven Boe, Whitney Boe

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  1m, 2f

"There's something more to Ugly on the Inside than the quirky comedy that appears on the surface..." - Dalton Dicky,

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 2f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Accolades


    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Della has always dreamed of the perfect life: a springtime wedding in Vegas, a litter of kids running around the trailer, and a husband -- any husband. Her best friend, Rayanne, only wants the best for Della but has a habit of "accidentally" murdering Della's fiancés. Now, on her sixth (or is it her seventh?) wedding day, Della's latest groom, Charlie, has somehow ended up on the floor of the Lucky Elvis Wedding Chapel with a cake knife in his gut. The two women load Charlie's body into his pickup truck and drive out to the desert to bury him. But they soon discover it's hard to keep a bad man down.

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"There's something more to Ugly on the Inside than the quirky comedy that appears on the surface." ~ Dalton Dickey,   CLICK HERE TO VIEW SHORT FILM


Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Outdoor
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting:

    The desert just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Set can be a simple black stage with a mound of dirt or similar. There should be something to conceal Charlie after he is shot so he is out of view for the final exchange of Della and Rayanne.

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)


1m, 2f

DELLA - a little dust on the bottle

RAYANNE - a little less dust on the bottle

CHARLIE - 18 to 88

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

All three characters in this one act can be of any age, any ethnicity and really any gender. The playwrights encourage taking risks in casting and interpretation of the relationships between the characters to find undiscovered gems that may be hiding in the rocks and dust. 



Steven Boe

Steven Boe is a writer/director/producer and co-founder and president of Imaginal Cells FilmWorks (ICF) in Los Angeles, CA. ICF began in 1995 as a post-production facility whose clients include: ABC, NBC, The Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, MTV, Universal Studios and many others. In 1999 ICF move ...

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Whitney Boe

Whitney Boe

2004 - Brown Stone Rocks, Ridgecrest California - Imaginal Cells, Inc.

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