Bobbie Clearly

A World Premiere
By Alex Lubischer, directed by Josh Sobel

Nobody from the town of Milton, Nebraska ever gave much thought to Bobbie before the tragedy in the cornfield. Two years later, it's hard for them to think of much else. In the darkly comic Bobbie Clearly, a community opens up about life in the aftermath and making sense of senseless violence.

Performance Schedule

Extended through November 19

Previews: September 24 - 28, 2016
Press Opening: September 29, 2016
Performances: September 29 - November 19, 2016
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm
Full Performance Calendar

Audio Description will be available on October 29 at 8:00
ASL interpretation will be available on October 22 at 3:00
Contact us at or 773-649-3186 for more information or to reserve tickets.

Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, with two intermissions

Production Sponsors: Suzanne Deveney, Bob Isaac, and Tim Sherck

This production contains adult subject matter and is intended for mature audiences.

McKenzie Chinn
David Fisch
Roy Gonzalez
Nick Horst*
Tom Jansson
Erika Napoletano
Paloma Nozicka
Miguel Nunez
Joel Reitsma*
Melissa Riemer*
Carson Schroeder

Director – Josh Sobel
Stage Manager – Lauren Lassus**
Assistant Director – Kristen Johnson
Set Design – Eleanor Kahn
Lighting Design – Jeff Glass
Sound Design – Thomas Dixon**
Costume Design  – Brittany Dee Bodley
Prop Design – Jamie Karas
Puppet Designer – Adam McAleavey
Violence Designers – R&D Choreography
                (Victor Bayona and Richard Gilbert)
Choreographer – Jenna Schoppe
Dramaturg – Rebecca Adelsheim
Production Manager – Catherine Allen


*Denotes Steep Company Member
**Denotes Steep Artistic Associate

In the Press

"..."Bobbie Clearly," the dark and ambitious new play by the Chicago scribe Alex Lubischer, staged with great overall intensity and some blistering individual performances at Steep Theatre, where, as this highly respected storefront's growing number of fans well know, the actors do not mess around."
"I found "Bobbie Clearly" exceptionally interesting and moving to watch..."
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
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"Director Josh Sobel’s vision is clear-eyed, confident and unpretentious. He gracefully follows the guide of his thoughtful source material to dramatically understated yet haunting results."
" of the first great new works of this nascent season..."
-Kevin Greene, Newcity Stage
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"Bobbie Cleary is the gut-wrenching, train-wreck version of a redemption story meets coming-of-age story. ... By and far, an artistic achievement, Bobbie Clearly is bound for an abundance of theatrical accolades."
-Michael Dritto, The Real Chicago
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"A pertinent, poignant, insight into communal grief.  Playwright, Alex Lubischer, has managed to capture a dramatic work that is both entertaining, and thought provoking."
Terence Boyle, Irish American News
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"It’s playwright Alex Lubischer’s genius exploration of grief and forgiveness with a perfect mix of drama and comedy."
-Kaitlyn Foust, Loyola Phoenix
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About Bobbie Clearly

Steep Theatre kicks off its sixteenth season with the world premiere of Alex Lubischer’s Bobbie Clearly, directed by Josh Sobel. The play, which was a finalist for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, was developed in part through workshops and a public staged reading at Steep in 2015. Steep is delighted to help bring to life this ambitious, timely new work from one of Chicago’s rising playwrights. Bobbie Clearly marks the second world premiere from the company in as many seasons.

Mr. Lubischer is a Chicago-based playwright whose plays have been seen and developed at Page 73 in New York, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, and in Chicago at Victory Gardens, The Fine Print Theatre Company, and Route 66. He recently began the MFA Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama.  Josh Sobel is the Artistic Director at Haven Theatre Company and a prolific director in Chicago storefront theatres. 

“Alex is a remarkable talent and a playwright we’ll all be hearing lots from in the coming years,” said Steep Artistic Director Peter Moore. “I’m honored that he and Josh brought Bobbie to Steep for further development. They felt like Steep was the perfect home for it, and we agreed. It’s a challenging play, and it feels dangerous at times, but it’s a lot of fun as well, and I can’t wait to see it on our stage.”

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