Cast Of “Leaving Iowa” Announced

Rehearsals are in full swing for “Leaving Iowa.”  The show will be held in the Prairie Arts Center Theater located at 24 Park Avenue East in Princeton.

Director Dave Roden has cast Matty Pursell as Don Browning, Ken Schroeder as dad, Dixie Schroeder as mom, and Laurie Innis as sis. Mary Kieffer, Chris Kieffer, and Luke Bowen round out the cast as they each play multiple characters throughout the show.

“Leaving Iowa,” by Tim Clue and Spike Manton is a family-friendly comedy written as a tribute to the idealism and character of parents from the “greatest generation,” and their dedication to the family road trip.

It tells the story of middle-age writer Don, who returns home and decides to finally take his father’s ashes to his childhood home, as requested.

Unfortunately Don discovers that grandma’s house is now a grocery store so he starts traveling across Iowa in search of a proper resting place.  Throughout the drive, the story shifts between the present and past as Don remembers the “annual, tortuous vacations of his youth.  In the end, Don’s journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at an unpredictable and perfect final destination.

“Leaving Iowa” will be performed April 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on April 26 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are now on sale.  To purchase online go to and click on the theater link or leave a message at 815-875-2787.

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