Ugly Lies the Bone: The transformation of Missy Moore

by John Moore | Mar 09, 2018

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

The Lake Dillon Theatre Company is currently presenting Lindsey Ferrentino's play 
Ugly Lies the Bone
. When a newly discharged veteran returns to her native Florida hometown after a disabling third tour in Afghanistan, she discovers that readjusting can be painful and disorienting. Through virtual reality video-game therapy, the play examines the possible restoration of one soldier’s life, relationships and self.

In the time-lapse video above, Moore shows how she takes on the persona of a soldier who has been burned over more than half her body. The prosthetic makeup design is by Todd Debreceni. The process to apply the makeup takes about two hours a day, Moore said.

Ugly Lies the Bone plays through March 18 at the Silverthorne Performing Arts Center, 460 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne. Information: 970-513-9386 or


  • Jess: Missy Moore
  • Kacie: Samantha Rosentrater
  • Stevie: Joel Oramas
  • Kelvin: Joel Rainwater
  • Voice/Mom: Jennifer Condreay


  • Director: Joshua Blanchard
  • Scenic Design: Jared Grohs
  • Lighting Design: Vance McKenzie
  • Costume Design: Molly Walz
  • Sound Design: Matthew Eckstein
  • Stage Manager: Amber Julian
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Andy Bakehouse

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John Moore
John Moore
Award-winning arts journalist John Moore has recently taken a groundbreaking new position as the DCPA’s Senior Arts Journalist. With The Denver Post, he was named one of the 12 most influential theater critics in the US by American Theatre Magazine. He is the founder of the Denver Actors Fund, a nonprofit that raises money for local artists in medical need. John is a native of Arvada and attended Regis Jesuit High School and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Follow him on Twitter @moorejohn.

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