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Leaving Iowa
Leaving Iowa
"Spike Manton and Tim Clue … have honed the written words to a level of perfection." —Lansing City Pulse

"Simultaneously hilarious and touching."
—Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"Leaves you with a smile on your face and a desire to hug your kids." —The Detroit News

"Quintessential family entertainment." —The Chelsea Standard

"A comedy with a surprisingly deep soul."
—Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

"A simply beautiful comedy." —Jeff Daniels

"A road trip in search of one's self. Four out of four stars." —Martin F. Kohn, Detroit Free Press
Comedy. By Tim Clue and Spike Manton.

Cast: 3m., 3w., May be expanded to 26 actors (4m., 4w., 18m. or w.). 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. Premiered at the Purple Rose Theatre Company. Sound design CD required. Minimal set. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Music Samples

TitleMP3
Preshow Music (1000 Miles to the Middle of Everywhere)
Ghost Caverns Chorus
Hannibal Music (for when they are in Hannibal, Mo.)
Civil War Music
End Theme Piano Music



Notes
SOUND DESIGN CD NOTES

The Sound Design CD Set is required for performance.

The set contains original background and incidental music (such as driving music or phone call music), transition SFX (such as a car passing) and complimentary SFX (a car starting or a picture sound).

Preshow and intermission music include original songs by Sons of the Never Wrong.

The use of specific sounds and an original musical score fill a critical and invaluable role in bringing this travel play to life and helping to pull Don and the story fluidly and effortlessly from scene to scene. The music and sound almost serve as a second narrator; a simple car passing adds information in many ways. There are more than 50 sound cues used in many instances, all crafted and refined from the early productions. They are the glue that holds the story together. We highly encourage practicing with the sound cues early in the process.

To share and/or receive additional sound cues not included on the CD, contact our office for more details.
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  LE5
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  95
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.25
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 1583425853
Publication Date: 10/17/2008
Biographies
Tim Clue's first writing gig was standup comedy. However, in 1991 he established Short Story Theatre, a multimedia theatrical company that combined short fiction adaptations with documentary footage. Greek Streets was their inaugural work, using short stories by Harry Mark Petrakis. Other Definitions of Confinement premiered at the National Jewish Theater in 1993, introducing the life and writings of Russian ...More
Spike Manton was born on a farm in far upstate New York, but his parents soon moved the family to a bustling metropolis of almost 2,000 people, where he grew up in a standard 1960s family unit of four kids, two parents and one station wagon. As child number three, Manton is very familiar with the seating location known as ...More
Rights & Availability
This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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