Leaving Iowa

by Tim Clue and Spike Manton

July 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 2013Leaving Iowa
Closes on a Saturday evening.
Leaving Iowa written by Tim Clue and Spike Manton, is a hilarious sentimental comedy about family and family
vacations. More specifically, it is the story of 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 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. This play reflects the, perhaps, bygone family values that we have all grown up and respected.

About the Director

Sean VanAusdall-Rose (DIRECTOR) Sean has directed shows, most recently, ALL MY SONS, LEND ME A TENOR,
for the Jacksonville Theatre Guild, as well as, directing TIP’s BYE, BYE BIRDIE in 2012. His stage credits encompass many roles including Daddy Warbucks in JTG’s ANNIE in December 2012. General Waverly in White Christmas for JTG (serving also as the show's vocal director); Orin Scrivello in Little Shop of Horrors (JTG); Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (JTG); Roger DeBris in The Producers (Muni); Harold Hill in The Music Man; Calvin in Guys and Dolls (concert version at STC); Abner Yokum in Li'l Abner; Fagin in Oliver!; Oliver Warbucks in Annie. He has served in pit orchestras for productions of Bye, Bye, Birdie, Calamity Jane, The Sound of Music, Grease, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, South Pacific and many more. Sean is organist at Congregational U.C.C. in Jacksonville and has been serving as a church organist for 33 years.


Cast List


Don Browning
Multiple Character Guy
Multiple Character Gal

Mark Wheeler
Mike Schneider
Felicia Coulter
Meredith Durall
Alex Watson
Katie Steinhour