Bobbie Clearly

by  Alex Lubischer

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  7m, 4f

Something unspeakable happened in the middle of a cornfield two years ago. Now, at last, the upstanding residents of Milton, Nebraska – from the cop and the nurse to the co-captains of the dance team, and even Bobbie himself – are ready to tell you their sides of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy follows asprawling cast of characters as a small town strives to make sense of senseless violence.


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Bobbie Clearly

by  Alex Lubischer

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 4f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Mystery/Thriller, Docudrama/Historic
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway, Jeff Award for Outstanding New Play
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Something unspeakable happened in the middle of a cornfield two years ago. Now, at last, the upstanding residents of Milton, Nebraska – from the cop and the nurse to the co-captains of the dance team, and even Bobbie himself – are ready to tell you their sides of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy follows asprawling cast of characters as a small town strives to make sense of senseless violence.
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Reviews

"Thematically and structurally, Lubischer’s world premiere is remarkable, one of the first great new works of this nascent season [...] Bobbie Clearly is a collective portrait, a vision of a town (a country, a world) at odds with itself over how it wants to be understood./ Newcity Stage

 

"Alex Lubischer’s three-act play reveals itself in layers, like a Russian nesting doll [...] There’s a good deal of comic relief, but bleakness and enigma rule the day, and the over-all effect is haunting."/ The New Yorker

 

"[A] very honest, truthful and evenhanded look at the benefits and limitations of reconciliation, respectful to the pain of those who live in small-town America and also awake to what such communities can give to the nation." / The Chicago Tribune

 

"[A] fearless and mesmerizing new play" / New York Stage Review

 

 

Videos

  • Roundabout Theatre Trailer
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    Place

    Milton, Nebraska.
    A small town of less than a thousand.
    Technically, not even a town: a village.

     

    Time

    2006 - 2017

     

    Suggested Set

    An acre of corn hangs above a bare stage, tassels down, as though the sky is the earth.

     

     

     

  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music, Stage Combat
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 4f

Name, Gender, and Age in Act Two

DarlaLondon - female - 61

Derek Nelson - male - 30

Megan Currie - female - 27

Meghan Gotschell - female - 27

MitchBackes - male - 24

Pete Pfeifer - male -24

Russ Scott- male - 43

Jane Welch - female -39

Stanley Welch - male - 52        

Eddie Welch - male - 24  

Bobbie Clearly - male -24

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Multicultural casting
  • Parts for Senior Actors

Casting Notes

The play spans eleven years, but the age of each actor should roughly match the age of his or her character in Act Two.

The Welches and Bobbie are white. The rest of the casting is color-conscious and should be representative of both a small Midwestern town and America.

If there are eleven white people on stage, something is wrong.

 

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Alex Lubischer

Alex Lubischer is a Jeff Award-winning playwright whose work chronicles life in the rural midwest. His plays include Bobbie Clearly (Roundabout Theatre Company, Steep Theatre), Pivot (Yale School of Drama), The Quonsets (Yale Cabaret w/ co-writer Majkin Holmquist), Night Country, pig.gov (both National Playwrights Conf ...

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World Premiere: Steep Theatre Company, Chicago - 2016

Off-Broadway Premiere: Roundabout Underground - 2018

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