By Tim Clue and Spike Manton
Director: Mary Thompson
Assistant Director: Frank Sposeto

~~ Performances ~~
May 13, 14, 15, 19, 20 & 21

Tickets will go on sale May 1st, and are $12.00 for adults and $10.00 for youth. For reservations, call our Box Office at 641-792-1230. The box office is staffed weekdays, starting May 1st, from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 6:30-8:00 pm, and one hour before each performance.

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.

Who's Who

Role Actor
Old Don Browning Zach Bey
Young Don Browning Lane Rose
Dad Scott Schaeffer
Old Mom Debbie LaShomb
Young Mom Linda Dougan
Old Sis Amy DeHaai
Young Sis Amanda Laube
Judy / Museum Assistant Karen Quinn
Jessie / Fruit Cart Girl Emily Bollhoefer
Drunk Lady Stephanie Bantell
Grandpa / Civil War Guy / Uncle Phil Mike McKenna
Aunt Phyllis / Grandma Linda Schafer
Shopper Janet Wiand
Bob (hog farmer) / Fred (mechanic) /
Jack Singer (childhood friend/Professor)
Jeff Carter
Cart Chaser / Jamie (mechanic) Cheyenne Schaeffer
Wayne (waiter) / Amish Guy Dallas Schaeffer
Amish Gal / Hotel Clerk Danica Wilson
Jim Hoefingers James Hanold
Stage Manager Mel Wilson
Stage Crew TBA

Props Linda Dougan
Sound TBA
Lights TBA

Makeup TBA
Hair TBA