CASTING COMPLETE FOR NEW YORK PREMIERE OF ROUNDABOUT UNDERGROUND'S BOBBIE CLEARLY
The New York Premiere Of
A new play by ALEX LUBISCHER
Directed by WILL DAVIS
Gabriel Brown, Sasha Diamond, Ethan Dubin, Crystal Finn, Marcus Ho, Christopher Innvar, Tyler Lea, Talene Monahon, Brian Quijada, Constance Shulman, JD Taylor
Previews begin March 8, 2018
Official opening April 3, 2018
Limited engagement through May 6, 2018
Off-Broadway at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
Bobbie Clearly continues the 11th season of the critically-acclaimed Roundabout Underground.
All tickets $25.
Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) is pleased to announce the full cast of Bobbie Clearly, by Alex Lubischer, directed by Will Davis. This is the second play in Roundabout Underground’s expanded two-play season, following Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jiréh Breon Holder this fall.
Bobbie Clearly will feature Gabriel Brown (Pete Pfeifer), Sasha Diamond (Meghan Gotschell), Ethan Dubin (Bobbie Clearly), Crystal Finn (Jane Welch), Marcus Ho (Russ Scott), Christopher Innvar (Stanley Welch), Tyler Lea (Eddie Welch), Talene Monahon (Megan Currie), Brian Quijada (Mitch Backes), Constance Shulman (Darla London) and JD Taylor (Derek Nelson).
The New York premiere of Bobbie Clearly begins preview performances Off-Broadway on Thursday, March 8, 2018 and opens officially on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, May 6, 2018. All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $25.
Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton’s residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy pushes the boundaries of Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre, with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life. Written by Nebraskan Alex Lubischer, who is currently attending the Playwriting Program at Yale School of Drama and the newest playwright discovered by Roundabout Underground.
Now in its 11th season, Roundabout Underground has proven an enormous success since the program debuted in 2007 with Stephen Karam’s hit comedy Speech and Debate. Karam’s first play commissioned by Roundabout—Sons of the Prophet—was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and his second commission, The Humans, won the Tony Award for Best Play after transferring from the Laura Pels Theatre to Broadway. Joshua Harmon also made his professional debut with Roundabout Underground with the hit Bad Jews. His play, Significant Other, premiered Off-Broadway at Roundabout and transferred to Broadway last season; his new play, Skintight, will premiere at the Laura Pels Theatre in Spring 2018 starring Idina Menzel. Fellow Underground alumnus Steven Levenson (The Language of Trees) won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for his Broadway debut with Dear Evan Hansen, while simultaneously debuting his new play, If I Forget, Off-Broadway at Roundabout. After the success of Too Much, Too Much, Too Many in 2013, Roundabout commissioned playwright Meghan Kennedy to write Napoli, Brooklyn. Lindsey Ferrentino, who made her Roundabout debut with Ugly Lies the Bone, returned with Amy and the Orphans, which is currently playing at the Laura Pels Theatre in the spring.
Bobbie Clearly continues the 11th season of Roundabout Underground, with the goal of introducing and cultivating young artists in Roundabout’s 62-seat Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre. Bobbie Clearly was presented as part of last year’s Underground Reading Series at Roundabout, and is the second production in the Roundabout Underground’s expanded two-play 2017-2018 season. Prior productions include the acclaimed world premieres of Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate (2007), Steven Levenson’s The Language of Trees (2008), Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days (2009), Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still (2010), David West Read’s The Dream of the Burning Boy (2011), Andrew Hinderaker’s Suicide, Incorporated (2011), Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews (2012), Meghan Kennedy’s Too Much, Too Much, Too Many (2013), Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God (2015), Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone (2015), Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Kingdom Come (2016), Martín Zimmerman’s On the Exhale (2017) and Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket (2017).
Roundabout Underground showcases new plays that will either give a debut production to an emerging writer or director, or allow an experienced director to go back to his/her creative roots. Jill Rafson (Director of New Play Development) serves as Artistic Producer for this initiative that continues to be a creative breeding ground for nurturing new talent.
The 62-seat Black Box Theatre, below the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, allows Roundabout to take artistic risks that are better suited for a more intimate space.
The creative team for Bobbie Clearly includes: Arnulfo Maldonado (Sets), Ásta Hostetter (Costumes), Jen Schreiver (Lighting) and Palmer Hefferan (Sound).
Major support for Bobbie Clearly and Roundabout Underground is provided by Jodi Glucksman. Roundabout’s work with new and emerging playwrights and directors, as well as development of new work, is made possible by Katheryn Patterson and Tom Kempner.
Alex Lubischer is Roundabout’s 2017-18 Tow Foundation Playwright in Residence.
All tickets for Bobbie Clearly are $25 General Admission tickets and are available by calling 212.719.1300, online at roundabouttheatre.org, in person at any Roundabout box office: American Airlines Theatre Box office (227 West 42nd Street); The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 W 46th Street) and Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street). For groups of 10 or more please call 212-719-9393 x 365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bobbie Clearly will play Tuesday through Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with Saturday matinees at 1:30PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00PM.
GABRIEL BROWN (Pete Pfeifer). Roundabout debut. Off-Broadway: Love & Money (Signature Theatre); The Mystery of Love and Sex and The City of Conversation (Lincoln Center Theater). Regional: Tartuffe (Huntington Theatre); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Ovation Award, Mark Taper Forum); Love & Money, A Raisin in the Sun (Westport Country Playhouse). Film: Mr. Malevolent (upcoming). Television: Issa Rae’s “Minimum Wage,” “I’m Dying Up Here,” and “Madam Secretary.” Training: University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
SASHA DIAMOND (Meghan Gotschell). Broadway: Significant Other. Off-Broadway: Kentucky, Double Suicide at Ueno Park! (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Wong Kids (Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Off-Broadway Alliance Award). Regional: The Birds, Peerless (Barrington Stage Company), The Winners (HotCity Theatre). TV: “High Maintenance” (HBO), “The Romanoffs” (Amazon). Workshops with The Lark Play Development Center, Long Wharf Theatre Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Generation Productions, and the Flea Theater. Proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
ETHAN DUBIN (Bobbie). Roundabout debut. Off-Broadway: Rancho Viejo (Playwrights Horizons); The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb). Select regional credits include: peerless, His Girl Friday (Barrington Stage Company). He has developed new work with Atlantic, Playwrights Realm, Quick Silver, SPACE on Ryder Farms, and more. TV: "Orange Is the New Black." Upcoming, the Coen Brothers' "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" on Netflix. Ethan is a member of The Actors Center, and Playwrights Horizon's Generation Artistic Committee. www.ethandubin.com
CRYSTAL FINN (Jane Welch). Roundbout: Kingdom Come. NY: Villa (The Play Company), Pocatello, Antlia Pneumatica (Playwrights Horizons), Summer Shorts (59E59), Bird in the Hand (Fulcrum), Washed up on the Potomac (The Pool). She has performed the plays Five Genocides, Luther, La Brea, 16 Words or less, The Pool Skimmer, and Plano all with Clubbed Thumb where she is an affiliated artist. TV/Film: 16 Words or Less, The Tick (Amazon/Sony). BA: UC Berkeley. MFA from Brown/Trinity.
MARCUS HO (Russ Scott) is "Over the Moon" to be making his Roundabout debut. Off-Broadway: Three Trees, The Shanghai Gesture, Shogun Macbeth, Rashomon and Poet of Columbus Ave. TV/film: 2 Days in New York, Love Repeat, Kick2, “Succession,” “Instinct,” “BrainDead,” “Bull,” “Madam Secretary,” “Designated Survivor,” “Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” “Royal Pains” and “The Good Wife.” Marcus is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; Atlantic Acting/P.A.W.
CHRISTOPHER INNVAR (Stanley Welch). Roundabout at Studio 54: 110 in the Shade, The Threepenny Opera, The People in the Picture. Other Broadway: The Snow Geese, The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Les Misérables, Victor/Victoria. Off-Broadway: Harper Regan; Atlantic, King Lear; NYSF, Floyd Collins, Gun-shy; Playwright’s Horizons, Big Love; Signature also Red Bull, Transport Group, MTC, LTC. Associate Artist with Barrington Stage Co and The Shakespeare Theatre Co. Recent Film/TV: The Post, “The Sinner,” “Chicago Fire,” “Blacklist: Redemption.”
TYLER LEA (Eddie Welch) is making his Roundabout/Off-Broadway debut. He was most recently seen as Christopher Boone on Broadway in the Tony Award winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Trained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under Dean Gerald Freedman.
TALENE MONAHON (Megan Currie). New York: The Government Inspector (Red Bull), Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic Theater Company), Permission (MCC), Alligator (New Georges/Sol Project), Widower’s Houses (TACT/Gingold), The Wild Party (Encores! Off-Center), and Here’s Hoover! (Les Freres Corbusier). Talene originated roles in the world premieres of Confederacy of Dunces (Huntington Theater Company) and Hollywood (La Jolla Playhouse). Playwright: How to Load a Musket (Cape Cod Theater Project) and All in Good Fun (Peterborough Players). B.A. Dartmouth College.
BRIAN QUIJADA (Mitch Backes) is making his Roundabout debut. Off-Broadway: Oedipus El Rey at The Public Theater, My Mañana Comes at Playwrights Realm and Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Ensemble Studio Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination). Select Regional Theatre: Where Did We Sit on the Bus? at Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista and Boise Contemporary Theatre; How We Got On and Airness at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival; Beat Generation at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; TV: “Blue Bloods” and “Manhattan Love Story.”
CONSTANCE SHULMAN (Darla London). Theater: Barbecue, The Public; The Rose Tattoo, Williamstown Theater Festival; (not so recent) original cast of Steel Magnolias, WPA, Lucille Lortel. Film: The Broken Ones, Better Off Single, Most Likely To Murder...Fried Green Tomatoes, Sweet and Lowdown. TV: Broad City, SVU, The Blacklist, Orange is the New Black (SAG award for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series). Voice of Patti Mayonnaise in Nickelodeon/ABC Disney's, Doug. Co-produced the documentary, Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury (America ReFramed), NYTimes top 10 doc list for 2015.
JD TAYLOR (Derek Nelson). Theater credits include: The Last Match (Roundabout), Sundown, Yellow Moon (Ars Nova/WP Theater), Jiehae Park's peerless (Yale Rep), The Understudy (McCarter), Rich Girl (Old Globe), Ironbound (Pittsburgh City Theatre), Ed, Downloaded (Denver Center Theatre), Leslye Headland’s Bachelorette (Studio Theatre), Red (Asolo Rep & Maltz Jupiter Theatre), She Stoops To Conquer (Williamstown Theatre Festival), I Hate Hamlet (Dorset Theatre Festival). TV/Film credits include: “Elementary,” “The Good Wife” and The Mend. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting.
ALEX LUBISCHER (Playwright) is a playwright from Nebraska and a second-year candidate in the Playwriting Program at the Yale School of Drama. Prior to pursuing his MFA, Alex spent several years in Chicago, followed by a short time in New York as a member of the Page 73 Writers Group. His plays include PIG.GOV, Bobbie Clearly, Ogalala, Blood Special, The Xylophone West, Acts of Contrition, Weird Kids, and Survey No. 5. He has been a semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a two-time finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and a resident playwright at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. In Chicago, his scripts have been produced by Steep Theatre Company, Haven Theatre, The Fine Print Theatre Company, Collaboraction, and Tympanic Theatre Company, among others. He has developed new work at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens Theater, The House Theatre, Route 66 Theatre Company, Interrobang Theatre Project, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Alex received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and is a proud alumnus of the National Theater Institute.
WILL DAVIS (Director) is a director and choreographer focused on physically adventurous new work and old plays in new ways. He is also the newly appointed artistic director of American Theater Company (ATC). Recent projects include: Evita, re-imagined for the Olney Theatre Center for which he is nominated for a Helen Hayes award, Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus for Clubbed Thumb's Summerworks, Playwrights Horizons and ATC; William Inge's Picnic re-imagined for ATC, DUAT by Daniel Alexander Jones for Soho Rep; Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl; Mike Iveson’s Sorry Robot for PS122’s COIL Festival; and two productions of Colossal by Andrew Hinderaker for Mixed Blood Theater and the Olney Theatre Center, for which he won a Helen Hayes award for outstanding direction. Davis has developed, directed and performed his work with New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb, the New Museum, the Olney Theatre Center, the Alliance Theatre, the Playwright's Realm, the Fusebox Festival, New Harmony Project, the Orchard Project, the Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, Performance Studies International at Stanford University, and the Kennedy Center. He is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the NYTW 2050 Directing Fellowship and the BAX (Brooklyn Art Exchange) artist in residence program. He holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from DePaul University and an MFA in Directing from UT Austin.
The Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre opened in March 2004 with an acclaimed premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel starring Viola Davis, directed by Dan Sullivan. In the ten years since that landmark production, the center has expanded beyond the Laura Pels Theatre to include the Black Box Theatre and now a new education center. The Steinberg Center continues to reflect Roundabout’s commitment to produce new works by established and emerging writers as well as revivals of classic plays. This state-of-the-art off-Broadway theatre and education complex is made possible by a major gift from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Trust was created in 1986 by Harold Steinberg to promote and advance American Theatre as a vital part of our culture by supporting playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new work, and providing financial assistance to not-for-profit theatre companies across the country. Since its inception, the Trust has awarded over $70 million to more than 125 theatre organizations.
Roundabout Underground’s home is a 62-seat Black Box Theatre, which is also used year-round by Roundabout’s education department for its activities including student productions and professional development workshops.
We gratefully acknowledge the Roundabout Leaders for New Works: Alec Baldwin, James Costa and John Archibald, Linda L. D’Onofrio, Peggy and Mark Ellis, Jodi Glucksman, Sylvia Golden, Hess Foundation, Inc., Judith and Douglas Krupp, K. Myers, Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, Laura S. Rodgers, Seedlings Foundation, Mary Solomon, Lauren and Danny Stein, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Dr. Leonard Tow, and Lori Uddenberg.
Roundabout Theatre Company is committed to producing the highest quality theatre with the finest artists, sharing stories that endure, and providing accessibility to all audiences. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills its mission each season through the production of classic plays and musicals; development and production of new works by established and emerging writers; educational initiatives that enrich the lives of children and adults; and a subscription model and audience outreach programs that cultivate and engage all audiences.
Roundabout Theatre Company presents a variety of plays, musicals, and new works on its five stages, each of which is specifically designed to enhance the needs of Roundabout’s mission. Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design, is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics. Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre offers a state of the art LEED certified Broadway theatre in which to stage major large-scale musical revivals. Together these distinctive homes serve to enhance Roundabout’s work on each of its stages.
American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company. Roundabout productions are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Roundabout’s season in 2017-2018 includes John Lithgow: Stories by Heart, by John Lithgow, directed by Daniel Sullivan; and Tom Stoppard’s Travesties, directed by Patrick Marber.
Roundabout’s new off-Broadway season dedicated to new work at the Harold & Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in 2017-2018 includes Amy and the Orphans, by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Scott Ellis; Skintight, by Joshua Harmon, directed by Daniel Aukin.
Roundabout Underground’s 2017-2018 season includes Bobbie Clearly, by Alex Lubischer.
In 2018-2019 season, Roundabout will produce a new Broadway production of Kiss Me Kate, directed by Scott Ellis and starring Kelli O’Hara.
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