WCJC Fine Arts Department performs “Leaving Iowa”

A comedy about family vacations

Photo by Amanda Heard

Pictured left to right:  Victoria Brun of Richmond, Ashley Beck of Sheridan, and David Hiebert of Rosenberg as they rehearse for the upcoming production of WCJC Fine Arts Department’s “Leaving Iowa.”

The Wharton County Junior College Fine Arts Department’s upcoming play Leaving Iowa will be held October 24 through 26 at the Horton Foote Theatre in the Duson-Hansen Fine Arts Building on the Wharton campus. Show times are at 7 p.m. The play is free and open to the public.

Leaving Iowa dives into the ultimate family car trip – the long boring miles and the family squabbles that happen along the way. The play goes back to the days of summer adventure and the experiences that bind families together.

Playwrights Tim Clue and Spike Manton reach back into the bygone days of the annual American family vacation in Leaving Iowa, a contemporary play that deals with the differing emotions found within families and how memories of things can change as people move on through life.

The story follows Don Browning, a newspaper columnist who has returned home for his nephew’s christening. When he arrives, he realizes he has unfinished business. In an effort to make amends for long-ago disagreements, Don decides to take the remains of his father to his grandparents’ old home, as his father wished.

Of course, things don’t turn out as planned. As soon as Don discovers that grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he ends up on a two-day journey across the Midwest, trying to find the right place to bring his father home. All the while, his memories take him back to one memorable family vacation to Hannibal, which eventually draws Don to the perfect spot.

The Wharton campus is located at 911 Boling Highway. For additional information call 979-532-6300.

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