Ugly Lies the Bone
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."
—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
"Mamie Gummer is extraordinary." —Jesse Green, New York Magazine
Roundabout Underground delivers its latest world premiere as Ugly Lies the Bone
takes to the stage. Written by acclaimed emerging playwright Lindsey Ferrentino, Ugly Lies the Bone
is the first-ever recipient of the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation’s Special Citation of Excellence.
Newly discharged soldier Jess (Mamie Gummer, Ricki and the Flash
) has finally returned to her Florida hometown. She brings with her not only vivid memories of her three tours in 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.
A timely new drama directed by Patricia McGregor (Brownsville Song: B-Side for Tray
at LCT3), Ugly Lies the Bone
shows that no matter how much life may ask us to endure, what truly matters is finding the strength to survive—and to heal.
Ugly Lies the Bone
plays off-Broadway at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre through December 6, 2015. All tickets to Roundabout Underground shows are $25.
Immediately following the performance, audience members are invited to experience the virtual reality technology that inspired the play. More information.
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Major support for
Ugly Lies the Bone is provided by Jodi and Dan Glucksman.
Ugly Lies the Bone and Roundabout Theatre Company are recipients of a Special Citation of Excellence from The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation.
Roundabout’s work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.
We gratefully acknowledge the Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, Linda L. D'Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Judith and Douglas Krupp, K. Myers, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Lauren and Danny Stein, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Yolanda R. Turocy, Lori Uddenberg, and Xerox Foundation.
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ABOUT ROUNDABOUT UNDERGROUND
Roundabout Underground productions are produced in Roundabout's Black Box Theatre located within the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. It is an initiative designed to foster new works by emerging theatre artists. Roundabout Underground allows Roundabout to take artistic risks that are not viable on its larger stages, whether giving a debut production to an emerging writer or allowing an experienced director to go back to his or her creative roots. In addition to receiving an opportunity to debut their works as full-scale productions, up-and-coming playwrights receive the significant artistic and financial support of the country's largest not-for-profit theatre and a nurturing environment in which to debut their work. Note: Roundabout Underground productions cannot be purchased as part of a season package.
NEW PLAY INITIATIVE
Click here to learn more about Roundabout's commitment to new works through our New Play Initiative.
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by Jeff Augustin, 2015
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Tigers Be Still, by Kim Rosenstock, 2010
Ordinary Days, by Adam Gwon, 2009
The Language of Trees, by Steven Levenson, 2008
Speech & Debate, by Stephen Karam, 2007
Read interviews with the cast, creative team, and learn more about the show on the Roundabout Blog.