This production was staged as part of our 2016/17 Season

Ugly Lies the Bone

Ugly Lies the Bone

September 16 to October 9, 2016 | On the Hertz Stage
Part of the Hertz Series

Contains: Adult situations and language. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Run time: Approximately one hour and 45 minutes

"A haunting meditation on bravery and cowardice, love and loss, pain and healing, fantasy and reality...a deeply visceral, deeply affecting work of art...a blistering story beautifully performed by a top-notch company."
—Wendell Brock for AJC

" undeniably moving and hard-hitting work...[Julie] Jesneck is a fantastic actress...the play has a power and impact that catches us by surprise..."
—Andrew Alexander for

In a searing new drama, Jess is a young soldier who returns to her hometown with more than the emotional scars of war. Pursuing healing, Jess turns to a new virtual reality therapy to escape her physical and emotional pain and put the pieces of her life back together. Ugly Lies the Bone shines a light on the visible and invisible wounds of returning injured veterans. Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino is the first two-time finalist of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, recently described by The New York Times as “a brave playwright and a writer of dauntless conviction.”

"Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone.
Beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own."
—Albert Einstein


Stick around after each performance for an AfterWords discussion with cast members about Ugly Lies the Bone.

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Cast & Crew


  • Kelvin
    Hugh is delighted to be appearing on the Hertz Stage. Various Atlanta credits include Charlie’s Aunt, Sisters of Swing, Sleuth (Georgia Ensemble Theatre), The... read more »
  • Jess
    Julie is thrilled to return to the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Broadway: Rock ’N Roll. Off-Broadway: Working Theater, Mint... read more »
  • Voice/Mom
    Megan was last seen on the Alliance Stage in A Christmas Carol. Other Alliance credits: Heartbreak House, Brigadoon, Hans Christian Anderson and The Music Man. She... read more »
  • Kacie
    Alliance Theatre: James and the Giant Peach; Seussical; Class of 3000; Sister Act!; A Christmas Carol. Regional: Sister Act! (Pasadena Playhouse); Men are from Mars... read more »
  • Stevie
    Lee is thrilled to be back at the Alliance. Alliance credits: Ugly Lies the Bone. Other Atlanta credits: Significant Other (Actor's Express), Romeo... read more »


  • Projection Design
    Shawn is delighted to be working at the Alliance Theatre on Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone. Additional Credits include: peerless, Elevada (Yale Repertory... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Liz is so happy to spend the holiday season with A Christmas Carol again this year. Other Alliance credits include: Ugly Lies the Bone; Pancakes, Pancakes!; ... read more »
  • Playwright
    Ugly Lies the Bone was a New York Times Critic’s Pick and played a sold-out extended off-Broadway run at Roundabout Theatre Company. Lindsey has upcoming... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Liz always enjoys her work at the Alliance. Her previous designs include Ethel; The C.A. Lyons Project; Steel Magnolias; In Love & Warcraft; The Whipping... read more »
  • Sound Design & Original Music
    Kate is a New York-based sound designer, composer and musician. Recent designs include Happy Days, Elevada (Yale Repertory Theatre), He Left Quietly (Toronto Summerworks... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Sydney is an award-winning costume designer who has been designing for Atlanta and regional theaters for many years. She designed last season’s Tell Me My Dream... read more »
  • Set Design
    Alexander is thrilled to be designing at the Alliance for the first time. Recent credits include The Moors at Yale Rep which received a Connecticut Critics Circle... read more »


  • Director
    Jessica is thrilled to share this exquisite story with Atlanta audiences after spending the last year at the Alliance Theatre as the Phil Kent Directing Fellow. She... read more »


  • Understudy for Jess/Kacie
    Carlee is thrilled to be making her Alliance Theatre debut. This is her first acting credit here in Atlanta and she couldn’t feel more blessed. After... read more »
  • Understudy for Voice/Mom
    Lynn is new to Atlanta and grateful to be involved with the Alliance. An alumna of the Burt Reynolds Institute, Lynn has had the privilege of working with Tony... read more »
  • Understudy for Kelvin/Stevie
    Jeremiah is so thrilled to be back at the Alliance. 2016 credits: Peter and the Starcatcher (GET); Into the Woods, Hansel and Gretel, 1776 (Legacy); A Midsummer... read more »

Audience Feedback



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