Main Stage Series

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, this show is cancelled. See Plan Your Visit for the most up-to-date scheduling information.


by Lindsey Ferrentino

Directed by Sean Harris

A powerful story of resilience, hope, and recovery.

Set in 2011 at the time of the final space shuttle launch, Ugly Lies the Bone centers around Jess’s return to her hometown of Titusville, Florida, during the closing of the Nasa program and the effect the shutdown had on her one-industry town.  An improvised explosive device (IED) had injured her while serving in Afghanistan. Suffering from burns and skin grafts covering 30% of her body, Jess moves with great pain and effort. Yet she’s still the same strong-willed, determined woman who voluntarily served three tours in the army. 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.

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 depiction of not merely recovery but also repentance and renewal. Transformative and exhilarating ." --TheaterMania

Brava to a playwright who focuses on the combat experiences of a woman."--Deadline Hollywood



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Performance Schedule

Throughout the run of UGLY LIES THE BONE, Playhouse on Park is doing a toiletries drive for the Newington VA. We are looking for deodorant, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, and body wash. Please bring your donations to 244 Park Rd. West Hartford, CT 06119.

Previews on April 22 & 23; all seats $17.50 for Previews only. For other pricing, see our tickets page.

Opening Night: April 24 - wine and cheese reception before the show.

Talk backs after each Sunday matinee performance.

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*Appears courtesy of Actors Equity, the professional union for actors and stage managers.