Leaving Iowa plays one weekend only

Washington – Washington Community Theater will present Leaving Iowa By Tim Clue and Spike Manton this weekend. Leaving Iowa is the story of Don Browning, 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. This road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of youth.

The show is directed by Doug and Beth McBride. Co-playwright Tim Clue described the show as “…a toast to children of parents from the now dubbed ‘greatest generation’. The story is a tribute to that idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family roadtrip. It is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth.”

Performances are October 14 and 15 at 7:30 PM and October 16 at 2:30 PM. Call 319-653-5175 or email leavingiowatickets@gmail.com for information and tickets.

Cast:

Don Browning – Steven Lockard
Dad – Brett Pierson
Mom – Melody Lockard
Sis – Melanie Jeter-Hawkins
Farmer Johnson, Mechanic, Bob – Rick Bonar
Mrs. Johnson, Judy – Mary Maxted
Grandpa, Uncle Phil, Civil War Guy – Terry Shaw
Grandma, Aunt Phyllis, Jessie – Nancy Salemink
Cart Guy, Jack Singer, Wayne – Brent Pfeiffer
Joe Hofingers, Amish Guy – Bill Gatchel
Amish Gal, Clerk – Regina Schantz
Museum Assistant, Jamie – Sue Spencer
Drunk Lady, Park Ranger – Amy Langr

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