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April 1, 2015

Theatre Department to perform celebratory comedy Leaving Iowa


playThe sensitive/celebratory comedy Leaving Iowa will be performed at Cowley College April 23-25. The play will be performed each night at 7:30 and will also have a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, April 25.

Leaving Iowa is a family-friendly comedy about family and family vacations and is suitable for all ages.

The story centers on Don Browning, played by sophomore Andrew Horning, a 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 in search of a proper resting place. As he drives those familiar roads, the story shifts back and forth from the present to memories of the annual vacations of Don’s youth. Ultimately, Don’s journey leads him to reconcile his past and present at an unpredictable and perfect final destination.

“It’s great to watch Don learn to become a man without ever letting go of his love for his dad,” Theatre Director John Sefel said.

Josh Fleig, Cowley College instrumental music instructor, will play the role of “Dad”, while Cowley alumnus Mary Prochaska is featured in the role of “Mom”.

Cowley sophomore Holly Landis landed the role of “Sis”, while Kayla McLaughlin, Gabriel Isaman, Paige Lundin, and Abby Killman make up the ensemble cast.

The stage will consist of a half diamond audience configuration, which will create an intimate setting of around 100 seats.

“It is a very imaginative play that exists between genres,” Sefel said.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting the Cowley Box Office at 620-441-5570. The Cowley Box Office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets can also be purchased at