RU students Kenzi Herndon and Nathan Freundl (back) with RU faculty member Brandon Langeland in rehearsals for Leaving Iowa. Photo by Rachel Corp.

Rochester University Theatre & Music Presents Leaving Iowa

Rochester Hills, MI - Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department presents Leaving Iowa by Tim 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 himself or herself driving alone on a road, revisiting fond memories of his or her 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 of Woodstock, Illinois.


8 Total Performances

Thu, Apr 13, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Fri, Apr 14, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Sat, Apr 15, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Sun, Apr 16, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Thu, Apr 20, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Fri, Apr 21, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Sat, Apr 22, 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Sun, Apr 23, 2:30pm to 4:30pm

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.

To purchase tickets online, CLICK HERE. For more information call (248) 218-2149 or e-mail

The house will open 30 minutes before show time. Ticketholders arriving after the show begins may not be seated until intermission.

Hearing Assist devices are available at the box office. We will have headphones available for use but recommend patrons bring their own if they plan on using a device.

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