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