Rochester University Presents ‘Leaving Iowa’

Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department presents Leaving Iowa by Time Clue & Spike Manton, directed by Robert Arbaugh, MFA.

Leaving Iowa 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. Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth.

Leaving Iowa premiered at the Purple Rose Theatre Company on January 22, 2004, in Chelsea, Michigan, directed by Anthony Caselli. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC., of Woodstock Illinois.

Evening performances of Leaving Iowa will be April 13-15 and April 20-22 at 7:30 p.m., while matinee performances will be April 16 and 23 at 2:30 p.m. All performances will take place on the campus of Rochester University at 800 W. Avon Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48307. Tickets are $5 for students and $13 in advance ($16 at the door) for adults. Purchase tickets online or call 248-218-2149 or e-mail


Rochester University is an accredited liberal arts educational institution that prepares students for professional and personal success as they serve in God’s world. Founded in 1959, the university offers bachelor’s degree majors in traditional and accelerated learning formats and a master’s degree in missional leadership. For more information about Rochester University, visit

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