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.
 
Lindsey Ferrentino’s
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.

 


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.

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Ugly Lies the Bone Cast

Karron Graves
Kacie
Mamie Gummer
Jess

Caitlin O'Connell
Voice/Their Mom
Chris Stack
Stevie

Haynes Thigpen
Kelvin
 


Ugly Lies the Bone CREATIVE TEAM

Lindsey Ferrentino
Playwright
Patricia McGregor
Director

Tim Brown
Set Design
Dede Ayite
Costume Design

Jiyoun Chang
Lighting Design
Jessica Paz
Sound Design

Caite Hevner Kemp
Projections
Vincent T. Schicchi and Thomas Denier Jr.
Prosthetics

Cookie Jordan
Wig Design


 

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.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Little Children Dream of God, by Jeff Augustin, 2015
Too Much, Too Much, Too Many, by Meghan Kennedy, 2013 
Bad Jews, by Joshua Harmon, 2012
Suicide, Incorporated, by Andrew Hinderaker, 2011
The Dream of the Burning Boy, by David West Read, 2011
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

Learn More

Read interviews with the cast, creative team, and learn more about the show on the Roundabout Blog.
 

UPSTAGE Guides

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