Leaving Iowa is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy that is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation,” and a little roast of their dedication to the family road trip. It is the story of Don Browning (Tony Console), a middle-aged writer, who returns home and 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 journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at at an unpredictable and perfect final destination.
Leaving Iowa, by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, was nominated Best New Play in the Country by the Detroit Free Press and one of SoCal Theater’s 10 Most Memorable Moments of the year, and has played to packed audiences and great reviews in hundreds of theaters across the US. It’s guaranteed to have you laughing and remembering the childhood vacations you tried to forget.
The cast includes Tony Console, Beth Dearinger, Christian Johanning, James LaRocca, Nicole Olson, and Skye Reid.
Directed by Doug Weaver. Assistant Directed by Jeff Blair.
Stage Managed by Cheyenne Queen and Natalie Jensen.
Set and Lighting Design by James Diemer. Sound Design by Bob Newton.
Costuming by Jane Pennington. Props by Marilyn Brobst.
July 16, 17 and 23, 24
Showtime at 8:30 PM
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