Ugly Lies the Bone
By Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by Mary Beth Easley

Approximate run time is 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.

Please be advised that this performance includes explicit language, loud sound effects resembling gunfire and explosions, staged violence, flashing lights, and strobe effects.

Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino directed by Mary Beth Easley

Friday, April 21, 2023 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 22, 2023 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 23, 2023 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - 8:00pm
Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 8:00pm
Friday, April 28, 2023 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 29, 2023 - 8:00pm
E.C. Mabie Theatre | UI Theatre Building

In the heart of Florida’s space coast, NASA’s shuttle program is ending just as Jess returns home from her third tour in Afghanistan. Scarred from an IED explosion, Jess navigates extreme pain from third-degree burns, her frayed relationships with her sister and ex-boyfriend, and the reality that the home she is returning to is no longer the one she left. With the help of an experimental virtual reality therapy, Jess begins to heal her wounds in an aching journey about recovery and being seen in Lindsey Ferrentino’s award-winning Ugly Lies the Bone

Special thanks Cat Dooley from the Department of Art and Department of Cinematic Arts, and to Iowa Veteran Education, Transition, and Support (IVETS) for supporting Veterans, the military-connected community, and their families at the University of Iowa as they navigate their educational paths. 

Tickets are available through the Hancher Box Office website or by calling 319-335-1160.

Ugly Lies the Bone was developed during a residency at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center's National Playwrights Conference in 2014.

Preston Whiteway, Executive Director
Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director

Woodward/Newman Award Winner
Developed and Produced by the Bloomington Playwrights Project,
Chad Rabinovitz, Producing Artistic Director

This Play received a developmental workshop by the Theatre Program of Fordham University in October 2014.

World Premiere Produced in New York City by Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Managing Director; Julia C. Levy, Executive Director; Sydney Beers, General Manager) as part of Roundabout Underground at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on October 13, 2015.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director). An award-winning, not-for-profit company founded in 1965, Roundabout has been recognized for its varied work on five stages on and off Broadway, reaching more than 700,000 theatergoers and 18,000 students each year. Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences. Roundabout Underground, the company’s program for early-career playwrights, was launched in 2007. Ugly Lies the Bone marks the tenth play in the Roundabout Underground program and is Lindsey Ferrentino’s first play with Roundabout. More information on Roundabout’s mission, history and programs can be found at