“Leaving Iowa” tells the story of Don Browning, a middle-aged writer who returns home and finally decides to take his father’s ashes back to his childhood home. When Don discovers that Grandma’s house is now a grocery store, he begins traveling across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. The father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood.
Authors: Tim Clue and Spike Manton
“Leaving Iowa” was a lab presentation and not a part of the regular season. The show ran for four nights. Lab productions do not get reviewed, but a feature article was written for the Illinois State student newspaper, The Daily Vidette. It encouraged people who remember those family vacations in a car will have a great time remembering what their trips may have been like, oh so long ago.