Leaving Iowa, the American Family Road-Trip Play, Opens Nov. 15 in CA

News   Leaving Iowa, the American Family Road-Trip Play, Opens Nov. 15 in CA Leaving Iowa, the regionally popular comedy about family car trips of days gone by, gets its West Coast premiere, opening Nov. 15 after previews from Nov. 11, at The Laguna Playhouse in California.
(clockwise from bottom) Gregory North, Jill Brennan, Erin Bennett and Kevin Symons
(clockwise from bottom) Gregory North, Jill Brennan, Erin Bennett and Kevin Symons Photo by Ed Krieger

Tim Clue and Spike Manton's play is directed by Clue, and builds on the show's success in Midwest markets in Iowa, Michigan and the Chicago area, where audiences have laughed and cried watching familiar American vacation rituals played out. Performances continue to Dec. 14 in Laguna Beach, CA.

"Told in flashback, this hilarious sentimental comedy about a journalist who returns home to Winterset, Iowa to find a final resting place for his father's ashes is a nostalgic ode to days gone by," according to Laguna Playhouse notes. "As the journalist searches for the perfect spot to scatter the ashes, he relives the summer vacations he spent as boy trapped in the family station wagon en route to uninteresting historical sites with well-meaning but naïve parents and a bickering sibling. With a generous dollop of humor and a heart as big as the Midwest, Leaving Iowa shows us that the journey really is as important as the destination."

The cast includes Kevin Symons (Don), Gregory North (Dad), Jill Brennan (Mom), Erin Bennett (Sis), JJ Rodgers (Multiple Character Female) and Roy Abramsohn (Multiple Character Male).

The production team includes John Berger (scenic design); Dwight Richard Odle (costume design); Paulie Jenkins (lighting design); David Edwards (sound design); Rebecca M. Green (stage manager); and Jim Ryan (production manager).

For more information call (949) 497-ARTS or group sales at (949) 497-2787 ext. 229, or visit www.LagunaPlayhouse.com.

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The Lamb's Players Theatre in San Diego will produce Leaving Iowa in summer 2009.

Roy Abramsohn, JJ Rodgers, Kevin Symons and Gregory North in <i>Leaving Iowa</i>
Roy Abramsohn, JJ Rodgers, Kevin Symons and Gregory North in Leaving Iowa Photo by Ed Krieger