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Drama Department Presents: Leaving Iowa

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Sierra College Theatre Arts Department announces its spring production of Leaving Iowa, a charming comedy about family vacations. The show will be performed in the Dietrich Theatre on the Rocklin Campus and runs March 28, through April 6, 2014 and is directed by Scott Adams.


First produced at Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company in 2004, Leaving Iowa is a quick-tempo memory play that cleverly weaves together past and present. The story is told through the eyes of Don Browning, a writer who returns home 3 years after the death of his father to deliver his ashes to his father’s childhood home. But when Don discovers Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he sets out on a physical and emotional journey across Iowa and the mid-west searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father-and-son car ride seamlessly shifts from Don’s present to his memories of the annual, tortuous family vacations of his childhood. Leaving Iowa is a delightful postcard to parents from “the greatest generation” and is a toast to their idealism while poking fun at the classic family road trip.

Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, March 28, at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 29, at 8:00 pm 
  • Sunday, March 30, at 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 3, at 7:00 pm, with the Director's Discussion at 5:30 pm
  • Friday, April 4, at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 5, at 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, April 6, at 2:00 pm

Leaving Iowa QUICK FACTS:

  • Producer: Sierra College Theatre Arts Department
  • Director: Scott Adams
  • Set Designer: Debra Hammond
  • Costume Designer: Gina Threshie
  • Light Designer: Patrick Thrasher
  • Sound Designer: Thor Tivol
  • Stage Manager: Mallory Brodeur
  • Featured Cast: Karl Osladil, Sidney Raey, Jack Graham, Samantha Shaw, Patricia Schmeltz, Rob Odehnal, Jason Kaye  and Jessica Kaufman.

Ticket prices are $10 general, $8 students and seniors, $5 with current ASSC sticker. Tickets may be purchased one hour before curtain at the venue or online from Brown Paper Tickets at: 

Information: Thor Tivol at 916-660-7656 or  The Rocklin Campus is located at 5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin CA. Parking on campus is FREE Friday evenings through Sunday. For the Thursday evening performance, there is a $3 parking fee on campus. Permits are available for purchase from dispensers located in the parking lot.

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