Leaving Iowa, The Comedy About Family Vacations

On Book Reader's Theatre

October 15 & 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

By Tim Clue and Spike Manton

Directed by Carol Hooper

The spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being children of parents from the now dubbed "greatest generation." The story 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 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 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 his or her youth. 

On Book readings are Pay What You Can at the door

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Mom - Susan Mahoney
Dad - Jim Hooper
Don - Adam Parrott
Sis - Libby Concord

Uncle Phil, Bob, Grandpa, Jack Singer, Civil War Guy - Reve Shannon
Cart Chaser, Joe Hoefingers, Fred, Fruit Cart Guy, Amish Guy, Wayne - Matthew Strum
Judy, Grandma, Museum Assistant - Joy Van Camp
Aunt Phyllis, Jessie - Carrie Jewett
Jamie, Drunk Hotel Guest - Shannon Kelley
Shopping Lady, Amish Gal, Hotel Clerk - Lynda Guernsey

Stage Directions - Raeleen Hunter

Sound and visual effects - Lynda, Shannon, Joy, Carrie