August 22 & 23 – 7:00
By Tim Clue and Spike Manton
The spark behind “Leaving Iowa” comes from being children of parents from the now dubbed “greatest generation.” It is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip. More specifically, it is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Don’s existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. “Leaving Iowa” is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of youth. Premiered at the Purple Rose Theatre Company.
“Simultaneously hilarious and touching.” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“Leaves you with a smile on your face and a desire to hug your kids.” —Detroit News
“Quintessential family entertainment.” —The Chelsea Standard
Directed by Damon Gengo
Produced by Diana Hill
Performance Dates: Oct 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, & 22 at 7:30; Oct 23 at 2:30
Rehearsals anticipated as Monday-Thursday evenings each week.