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WINNER! 2014 Woodward/Newman Drama Award
WINNER! 2015 Laurents/Hatcher Special Citation of Excellence
2015 Kilroys List
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.
JESS - early 30s. Severly distorted by third degree burns, uses a walker. Quick-witted, intelligent, tough. Trying to have strength in her body, vulnerability in her life.
KACIE - Jess' older sister by a few years. Was probably beautiful once. Sweet, trying hard for positivity.
STEVIE - early 30s. An inviting smile that makes you want to live in it. Life just keeps happening to him.
KELVIN - Kacie's boyfriend. Older than Kacie. Too comfortable in his own skin.
VOICE/THEIR MOM - 60's. Passionate, powerful, maternal. Strong vocal quality.
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." The New York Times
"Powerful. Uncommonly compelling depection of not merely recovery but also repentance and renewal. Transformative and exhilirating" - TheatreMania
"Raw and inescapably moving...A play of small moments tha hide big emotions." - The New York Observer
"Pain is personal in Lindsey Ferrentino’s thoughtful meditation on trauma... Ferrentino reminds us that our internal landscape, like our pain, is ours alone." - The New Yorker
"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,