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The Seaver College Fine Arts Division to Present Ugly Lies the Bone

May 4, 2021  | 2 min read

Ugly Lies the Bone - Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University’s Fine Arts Division will present their production of Ugly Lies the Bone by playwright Lindsey Ferrentino on Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:30 PM PT and Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2 PM PT. A virtual discussion with the cast and creative team will immediately follow the May 8 performance.

Cathy Thomas-Grant, professor of theatre and divisional dean of the Seaver College Fine Arts Division, will direct the student cast featuring Sam Brock, Skylar Brown, Marcela Ferrarone, Matthew Dylan Hamm, and Holly Jackson.

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 further in the game, she begins to restore her relationships, her life, and, slowly, herself.

“This is a beautiful play about the struggle to stay resilient while pushing against physical and emotional pain, something so many of us can relate to having experienced the effects of this pandemic on our lives,” says Thomas-Grant. “Things will never be as they once were but with the support of family and loved ones, we are closer than ever to pulling through. It is through this love for each other that we will recover. The courage of the characters in this story is inspirational and it is because of the dedication and love that the actors and the entire creative team have for the theatre.”

This play contains profanity and is recommended for audiences 16 and older. Tickets for this performance are free but registration is required. A viewing link will be sent to all registered attendees in advance of the performance. A separate viewing link for the discussion will be sent to registrants for all performances. For additional information about Ugly Lies the Bone, and to register to attend, visit the event’s registration page.