A comedy by Tim Clue and Spike Manton
The spark behind Leaving Iowa comes from being children of parents from the “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. The story follows 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 driving alone on a road, revisiting memories of his or her youth.
Directed by Amy Berlin and presented at CAT Theatre from May 23 – June 7, 2014.