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Production image from UGLY LIES THE BONE. In a living room with a foral sofa and a wall full of photographs, two women hug on the couch while another holds one of their hands.

Ugly Lies The Bone

September 10, 2015–December 6, 2015

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre Black Box Theatre

Ugly Lies The Bone

September 10, 2015–December 6, 2015

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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.

"Mamie Gummer is extraordinary."

, new york magazine

Ugly Lies The Bone Cast

Karron Graves
Mamie Gummer
Voice/Their Mom
Caitlin O'Connell
Chris Stack
Haynes Thigpen

Ugly Lies The Bone Creative

Lindsey Ferrentino
Patricia McGregor
Set Design
Tim Brown
Costume Design
Dede Ayite
Lighting Design
Jiyoun Chang
Sound Design
Jessica Paz
Caite Hevner Kemp
Vincent T. Schicchi & Thomas Denier Jr.
Wig Design
Cookie Jordan

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.

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.

The empty house of Black Box Theatre. Two chairs are washed in red and yellow light at the front of rows and rows of chairs.

Presented at

Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre

Black Box Theatre

111 West 46th Street, New York, NY

between 6th and 7th Avenues