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Written by Lindsey Ferrentino

Directed by Dee Abdullah

January 23-25 and January 30-February 1, 2020 at 8:00pm

Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square

345 N. College St, Charlotte, 28202

Tickets available now through Carolina Tix

$22 in advance, $28 at the door

Groups of 10 or more: $18 in advance through the Blumenthal Box Office

Military ID Discount: $15 tickets, includes all taxes and fees. Must be purchased at the door on the night of the show, limit two tickets per military ID, subject to avaialability.

Discounted pricing available for students, teachers and ASC Connect with Culture cardholders. Learn More

Other Fees: All tickets are subject to 7.25% NC Sales Tax and a $3 Facility Fee, a 13.5% service charge applies to all internet and phone sales

To redeem 2019-2020 Season Flex Passes,
please call the Blumenthal Box Office at 704-372-1000

Ugly Lies The Bone contains adult language and themes, recommended for ages 16+.

Performances of Ugly Lies the Bone will include sudden loud noise, darkness, bright lights and references to combat.

Winner of the 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.

Ugly Lies the Bone  is the winner of  the 2014 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the 2015 Laurents/Hatcher Special Citation of Excellence, the 2016 Kesserling Prize for Playwriting and was named to the 2015 Kilroys List.

What People Are Saying

"Raw and inescapably moving [...] A play of small moments that hide big emotions."

-The New York Observer

The New York Observer


"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

New York Times

"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

Deadline Hollywood

Meet the cast and crew of Ugly Lies The Bone

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Creative Team

Director- Dee Abdullah*

Stage Manager- Anna Montgomerie

Dramaturg- Kat Marten

Costume Design- Davita Galloway

Makeup Design- Gregory Hewett*

Sound Design- Michael Lee

Set Design- Ryan Maloney

Props Design- Jackie Hohenstein

Makeup Artist- Natasha Kay*

Board Operators- Anna Montgomerie and Brianna Daniels*

Our Community Partner-
Veterans Bridge Home


A stronger community. One Veteran at a time.

Veterans Bridge Home is a Charlotte-based organization that connects Veterans and their families, in any state of transition, to the community. Through their network of partners, they help Veterans navigate employment, create social connections, and settle their families. They look at the whole Veteran and connect them to the resources needed to be successful and thriving leaders in our community.


The Outcome:

Veterans and their families are able to successfully pursue their dreams of building a relevant and productive life in the Charlotte region. Our community benefits from their leadership and commitment and the drain on community resources is reduced.


The greater Charlotte region has the opportunity and privilege to help bring our nation’s warriors and their families home with the same energy and commitment that our Veterans have displayed in serving our nation.  In so doing, ours will serve as a leader to inform other communities that wish to create more welcoming and livable communities for returning Veterans and their families.

About the Playwright

Lindsey Ferrentino is a prolific playwright who writes with, according to The New York Times, "a muscular empathy which seeks to enter the minds of people for whom life is often a struggle of heroic proportions”. Whether writing about a female burn survivor or the first leading role for a person with Down Syndrome, Lindsey has been called “a brave playwright of dauntless conviction whose unflinching portraits are hard to come by outside of journalism." 
Her produced plays include Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company, The National Theatre, UK, NYT Critics Pick), the “barrier breaking” Amy and the Orphans (Roundabout Theatre Company), This Flat Earth (Playwrights Horizons), and The Year to Come (La Jolla Playhouse, Roundabout Theatre Company - upcoming). Other plays include Kokomo, Magic Man, Moonlight on the Bayou and Paradise Bar and Grill. Ferrentino is the recipient of the 2016 Kesselring Prize, Laurents/ Hatcher Citation of Excellence, ASCAP Cole Porter Playwriting Prize, Paul Newman Drama Award, 2015 Kilroys List, finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn, Catalyst Award for Entertainment Industry Excellence, NYU Distinguished Young Alumna Award, nominated for the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award, and is the only two-time finalist for the Kendeda Playwriting Prize. 

 Lindsey is also a screenwriter, with various projects in development. Most recently announced, she is adapting the screenplay for the film Not Fade Away, for Annapurna Pictures starring Emily Blunt. David O. Russell and John Krasinski are attached as producers.

​She is currently under commission from Roundabout, The Geffen, Manhattan Theatre Club, and South Coast Rep. She holds a B.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and has two M.F.A.'s in playwriting from Hunter College and The Yale School of Drama.

Learn More


UGLY LIES THE BONE: A Story of Healing, Small Town America and Magical Realism

credit: Courtney Kochuba and David Kimple, Breaking Character Magazine

About Ugly Lies The Bone

credit: Roundabout Theatre Company

BBC World News - Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino

credit: Lindsey Ferrentino, BBC World News

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