This weekend, St. Andrew's-Sewanee School theatre program presents Leaving Iowa, a comedy about family vacations written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton. Performances will be Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 4 at 4 p.m. at McCrory Hall for the Performing Arts on the SAS campus (290 Quintard Rd., Sewanee, TN). Admission is available at the door and is $7 for adults and $5 for children. SAS students, faculty, and staff are admitted for free. The show is appropriate for all ages.
Twenty-seven students in grades 6-12 are participating in the production. "I chose Leaving Iowa because it is a delightful ensemble piece that can support a large cast," said SAS theatre teacher and director, Robie Jackson. "I saw a production of it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival when we took the SAS production of The Ants in 2013, and I made a mental note that it would be a great show for our students in the future." The SAS production stars Pete Haight and John Beavers of Sewanee, Jayla McLaurin of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Palmer Whittington of Memphis.
Leaving Iowa is a toast to the idealism and character and a little roast of the "greatest generation's" undying dedication to the classic family road trip. Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, returns home and decides to finally take his father's ashes to his childhood home, as requested. 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 journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to everyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth."A comedy with a surprisingly deep soul." -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
"Simultaneously hilarious and touching." -Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times