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‘Leaving Iowa’ arrives at Taproot Theatre this week

Taproot Theatre’s newest production, “Leaving Iowa,” tackles the classic family road trip when it opens on Friday.

Left to right: Kim Morris, Ian Lindsay, Helen Harvester and Robert Gallaher. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.

Remember those family vacations you tried to forget? Don’s memories of family road trips come to life as he travels cross-country to scatter his father’s ashes. Packed with rollicking good humor, this celebration of family reminds us that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.
Stand-up comedians Tim Clue and Spike Manton teamed up to tackle issues of family and the Midwest in their hit play Leaving Iowa. Tim Clue explains, “Leaving Iowa is a postcard to anyone who has ever found themselves driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of their youth.” In Taproot Theatre’s production, director Karen Lund emphasizes the hysterical truths about wacky families while not losing sight of the importance of relationships and respect that grows over time.

“Leaving Iowa” has discount-priced previews on Wednesday and Thursday, before opening night on Friday. It runs through June 16.