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Rebecca Schultz
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643 Hillside Ave
Charlotte, NC 28209
Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square
345 North College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Ugly Lies The Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino

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.

The regional premiere of Ugly Lies The Bone, written by Lindsey Ferrentino, is presented by Three Bone Theatre under the direction of Dee Abdullah. Ugly Lies The Bone contains adult language and themes and is recommended for ages 16+.

There are six performances of Ugly Lies The Bone- January 23-25 and January 30-February 1 at 8:00pm at the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. Tickets are $22 in advance and $28 at the door. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $18 through the Blumenthal Box Office. Discounted pricing is available for students, teachers and ASC Connect with Culture cardholders, see the Three Bone Theatre website for more details.

CRITIC'S 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." -The 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

"Raw and inescapably moving [...] A play of small moments that hide big emotions." -The New York Observer


345 N. College Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
United States


Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 to Saturday, February 1st, 2020