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.
"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
KeywordsChristianity, Current Events, Death, Friendship, Memory, Parenting/Family, Politics, Religion, LGBTQ+ Interest, Adolescence/Childhood
- Strong Language
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
- Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
A small town of less than a thousand.
Technically, not even a town: a village.
2006 - 2017
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
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
- 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
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.
World Premiere: Steep Theatre Company, Chicago - 2016
Off-Broadway Premiere: Roundabout Underground - 2018