Auditions: Leaving Iowa (Play)
October 23, 2017
Auditions: LEAVING IOWA
“The Comedy About Family Vacations”
Directed by Chris Peterlin.
Auditions are Monday, October 23 at 6:00 pm and Tuesday, October 24 at 6:00 pm at the Corn Stock Theatre Center, located at 1700 N Park Road, Peoria.
Production Dates: January 12 &13, 18-21, 2018.
Callbacks will be held Wednesday, October 25 if needed. The first read through is scheduled for October 30 with regular rehearsals to begin after in accordance with holidays and other conflicts.
The Director feels that this wonderfully crafted comedy will be heartwarming, endearing, and funny to audiences of every kind. Come be a part of this wonderful story written by two Bradley University alumni!
Don Browning: a writer, 20s to 40s
Don Browning: a young boy in flashbacks
(These two characters (Don Browning) may be cast as one or split into two separate entities depending upon what transpires at auditions.)
Dad: Don’s Dad, 30s to 50s
Mom: Don’s Mom, past and present, 30s to 50s
Sis: Don’s sister, past and present, close to Don’s age (character may be split as well – again depending upon auditions.)
Multiple Character Guy – (in order of appearance) Farmer Johnson, Grandpa, Cart Guy, Uncle Phil, Joe Hofingers, Amish Guy, Civil War Guy, Jack Singer, Mechanic, Park Ranger, Clerk, Wayne, Bob (These characters were written with the intent for one actor to portray them all but may be split depending on what transpires at auditions.)
Multiple Character Gal: (in order of appearance) Mrs. Johnson, Grandma, Aunt Phyllis, Amish Gal, Museum Assistant, Jamie, Drunk Lady, Jessie, Judy (These characters were written with the intent for one actress to portray them all but may be split depending on what transpires at auditions.)
The critically-acclaimed play, “Leaving Iowa,” by Tim Clue and Spike Manton is a hilarious, family-friendly comedy that is a toast to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation,” and a little roast of their dedication to the family road trip. This comedy about family and family vacations is a show suitable for ages 10 to 110 and was nominated Best New Play in the Country by the Detroit Free Press and one of SoCal Theater’s 10 Most Memorable Moments of the year after its run at the Laguna Playhouse, stating the play included “the most frighteningly realistic depiction of a family summer road trip” the reviewer had ever seen. We take that as a compliment.
“Leaving Iowa” is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth. Economically-staged for anywhere from 6-24 actors, the story centers on 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 in search of a proper resting place. As he drives those familiar roads, the story shifts back and forth from the present to memories of the annual, torturous vacations of Don’s youth. Ultimately, Don’s existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at an unpredictable and perfect final destination.