Ugly Lies the Bone

Apr 21, 2023 to Apr 29, 2023
Lindsey Ferrentino
Directed by: 
Mary Beth Easley
E.C. Mabie Theatre
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


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

Virtual Lobby

In advance of the performance, we'd like to invite you to visit our Virtual Lobby to learn more about the production and our team.


Role Name
Jess Allison Sass*
Kacie Katie Gucik
Stevie Michael Taylor
Kelvin Kolton Stremler*
Voice/Mom Susan Chambers

Creative Team

Title Name
Director Mary Beth Easley
Stage Manager Jordan "J.J." Jones
Assistant Stage Manager Sophie Young*
Scenic Designer Chloe Cobb
Lighting Designer Bryon Winn
Costume Designer Abigail Mansfield Coleman
Audio Designer Mark Bruckner
Media Designer Dan Fine
Dramaturg Rebecca Weaver
Fight Director Paul Kalina 
Intimacy Director Owen Brightman

*Undergraduate student. UI Theatre is dedicated to providing hands-on theatre experience for both undergraduate and graduate students.


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

Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at the Theatre Building one hour prior to the performance, on an as-available basis, unless the production is sold out.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Hancher Box Office in advance at 319-335-1158.

Ugly Lies the Bone is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.