Memories of vacation; Summerset Theatre presents ‘Leaving Iowa’
Published 8:14 am Wednesday, July 11, 2018
The Summerset Theatre Season 51 continues with the production of the road-trip comedy “Leaving Iowa,” opening at 7 p.m. tonight at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre at Riverland Community College.
The play, written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, focuses 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.
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Jake Gustine, a veteran of Riverland and Summerset Theatres since 2006, will be making his directorial debut.
“When they made the (Season 51) line-up last year, they asked for new directors,” Gustine said. “Since I had done work with the theatre before, it seemed like a good opportunity for me. ‘Leaving Iowa’ seemed liked a good fit and a good time for me to step up and try a new thing.”
Show times for “Leaving Iowa” are 7 p.m. July 11-14 and 2 p.m. on July 15. All performances will be at the Frank W. Bridges Theatre at Riverland Community College.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at https://riverland.universitytickets.com/w/default.aspx, at the Riverland Theatre Box Office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday or one hour prior to show time at the theatre.
“’Leaving Iowa’ is a really great representation of the Midwest,” Gustine said. “I think people will connect to it and folks around here will relate to the content of the show. It’s not so much about loss, but gaining some knowledge, like some of your bad childhood memories could turn out to be good life lessons for you.”
“We really appreciate everyone who comes out and has supported Summerset through all these years,” he added.
Dad – Richard Carlson
Mom – Karen Rask Behling
Don Browning – Brad Herr
Sis – Kayla Byram
The Players – Robert Johnson, Kari Lynn Cook, David Rask Behling, Kim Potter
Production Staff and Crew
Director – Jake Gustine
Stage Manager – Andrew Roskos
Technical Director – John Deyo
Costume Design – Madlain Vander
Scenic/Sound/Lighting Design – John Deyo
Sound Board Operator – Ian Gearhart
Light Board Operator – Madeline El-Baroudi
Set Construction – Madeline El-Baroudi, Ian Gearhart, Andrew Roskos
Graphic Design – BJ Witts
Box Office – Madeline El-Baroudi, Ian Gearhart, Carrie Braaten, Lindsey Duoos Williams