The Ugly One

"I've always admired you for coping so well with the fact that you're unspeakably ugly."
date range
Oct 8, 2011
Nov 20, 2011

Lette has a loving wife, the respect of his peers, and a promising career in the world of industrial plug development. There’s only one problem: he’s just found out he’s the ugliest man in the world. He seeks out the help of a most unusual surgeon in a desperate bid for beauty, but when the procedure works a little too well, Lette starts noticing that the faces he sees on the street are looking more and more familiar each day…

This fall, Sideshow partners with lauded director Seth Bockley in an exploration of appearance, identity and celebrity in the Chicago premiere of international smash-hit The Ugly One, Marius von Mayenburg’s incisive, hilarious and streamlined assault on image culture, hailed by the Evening Star as “fiendishly clever, deeply unnerving and scalpel sharp.” Seth Bockley won a 2009 Equity Jeff Award for Best New Adaptation for Jon, from a story by George Saunders. He has created design-driven theater with several notable Chicago companies including Dog & Pony (The Twins Would Like To Say), Collaboraction (1001, Jon), and Redmoon (Winter Pageant 2010, Boneyard Prayer, Laika’s Coffin). He is a member of the Goodman Playwrights' Unit, and was commissioned by the Goodman to adapt CommComm, also by George Saunders.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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at Oracle Theater
3809 N Broadway

written by: Marius von Mayenburg
translated by: Maja Zade

directed by: Seth Bockley

featuring: Robert L. Oakes, Nina O'Keefe, Fred Wellisch and Nate Whelden