Roundabout Theatre Company will present the New York premiere of Alex Lubischer’s Bobbie Clearly in 2018. As part of the company’s Roundabout Underground program, performances will begin March 8 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre.
The Off-Broadway production, directed by Will Davis, is set to officially open April 3 and run through May 20.
Billed as a “comedy-about-a-tragedy,” the play is set in Milton, Nebraska, as a group of eccentric residents recount a murder that took place in the middle of a cornfield. It made its world premiere at Steep Theatre Company in Chicago in September 2016.
A Nebraska native himself, Lubischer is currently a first-year candidate in Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. His additional works include PIG.GOV, Ogalala, and Blood Special. He has also been named Roundabout’s 2017–2018 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence. Davis was recently appointed artistic director of Chicago’s American Theater Company. His directorial credits include Men on Boats at Playwrights Horizons and ATC, as well as DUAT for Soho Rep.
Bobbie Clearly marks the second play in Roundabout Underground’s 11th and expanded two-play season, which will also include the previously announced Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jiréh Breon Holder. The program highlights new works, offering debuts to writers or directors. The initiative began in 2007 with Speech and Debate by Stephen Karam, who won a Tony Award for The Humans in 2016.