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Contact: Marilynn Fryer
(517) 796-8466
January 28, 2010
For immediate release

'Leaving Iowa' a poignant comedy

Jackson Community College will present “Leaving Iowa,” a comedy about family road trips and reconciling the past, over two weekends at the end of February. It will be presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 18, 19, 20, 26 & 27, and 3 p.m. Feb. 21 & 28 in the Ruth Day Theatre, Potter Center.

“Leaving Iowa” is a comedy by Tim Clue and Spike Manton about family road trips that premiered at the Purple Rose Theatre Company. The spark behind it comes from being children of parents from the now dubbed “greatest generation,” and their dedication to the classic family road trip vacation. 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 from present to past and Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood. His existential journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at the center of the U.S.

Tickets for “Leaving Iowa” are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors, with a special preview showing Feb. 18 with tickets just $2. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at 517.796.8600.