PHS to present ‘Leaving Iowa’ as fall play

Posted October 15, 2018

The Plymouth High School Drama Department will be presenting the poignant “Leaving Iowa” as its fall play Nov. 1-4.

Performances will begin nightly at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 through Saturday, Nov. 3; with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, in the Acuity Auditorium at the school, 125 Highland Ave. General-seating tickets are $6 and are  available in the PHS office and at the door.

Written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, “Leaving Iowa” is the story of a family coming to terms with the loss of their father through a series of flashbacks to their less-than-perfect family road trips. 

The spark behind “Leaving Iowa” comes from being children of parents from what has been dubbed "The Greatest Generation." The story is a toast to their idealism and character and a little roast of their undying dedication to the classic family road trip.

More specifically, it is the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer, who returns home and decides finally to 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 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 existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the United States. “Leaving Iowa” is a postcard to anyone who has ever found himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of childhood.

Learn more:
• Read an article about the many people with Plymouth School ties who are appearing in the upcoming production of “Guys and Dolls,” presented by The Youth Theatre Company in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul.
• Explore The Arts section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about the extensive and varied performance opportunities available to our students.

Cast List

Bennet Josephs
Michael Krusiec
Chase Jasinski
Jordyn Anderson
Lizzie Riley
Anne Sedlacek
Meghan Caster
Madison Karpinksi
Bora Ajdini
Olivia Straub
Ella Josephs
Jamey Mullins
Alicia Nugent
Lauryn Brinkman
Allie Schwartz
Grace Artery
Katherine Rauscher
Sicily Geiken
Sydney Tackes
Nora Jaeger
Andrew Van Norwick
Gaven Goeszer
Ezra Schermacher

Poster featuring family studying map

Poster designed by PHS student Olivia Straub