The Shape of the Bones

In a small, insular religious community, Dr. Riga, a charismatic and radical pastor, begins preaching that chosen members of her congregation can become angels. Ben, a twelve-year-old boy, believes he is one of the chosen few and expects his transformation to take place soon. Ben’s father, Brendan, supports his son’s religious conviction, while his mother, Meredith, sees Dr. Riga as a disingenuous threat to her...
In a small, insular religious community, Dr. Riga, a charismatic and radical pastor, begins preaching that chosen members of her congregation can become angels. Ben, a twelve-year-old boy, believes he is one of the chosen few and expects his transformation to take place soon. Ben’s father, Brendan, supports his son’s religious conviction, while his mother, Meredith, sees Dr. Riga as a disingenuous threat to her son and the community. Meanwhile, Nel, another congregate, whose husband recently transcended into angelhood and disappeared ever since, finds herself suddenly alone, caught between raising a child and taking care of her invalid father. As Ben’s transformation approaches and Nel’s life crumbles, the congregation splinters, growing increasingly suspicious and vindictive. With stark intensity, THE SHAPE OF THE BONES tells the story of a community in quiet crisis, its members forced to choose between faith and family.
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The Shape of the Bones

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    FreeSZFE, Budapest, Hungary
    ,
    2023
  • Residency
    ,
    Fulbright Scholarship Program
    ,
    2023

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    FreeSZFE (Budapest, HU)
    ,
    2023

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
The Cooper Prize
,
16th Street Foundation
,
2024