Leaving Iowa

An outlandish take on the classic family road trip, Leaving Iowa is the story of writer Don who returns home to find a final resting place for his father’s ashes. When he discovers his grandmother’s house is now a grocery store, Don travels across Iowa searching for a proper resting place for his father. This father and son road-trip transitions smoothly between Don’s present predicament and his memories of the torturous but hilarious annual family vacations with Mom, Dad, and Sis. With his father’s help, Don realizes that the journey really is as important as the destination.

Leaving Iowa and Stuart Little will be in repertory, alternating weeks. Leaving Iowa performances are Feb. 19-21, Mar. 4-7, & Mar. 18-21, 2021.

If you are using 2020-21 Flex Four season tickets, credit, a gift certificate, or a Guest Pass for your seats, please click here or call the ticket office at 515.277.6261 to make your reservation. Ticket office hours are Noon-3:00 PM, Tuesdays-Fridays.

Click here to read our reopening procedures.

For those not yet ready to come into the theatre:

The Playhouse will provide a Livestream on opening night, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. Click here to purchase Opening Night Livestream of Leaving Iowa.
The Playhouse will provide the opening night recording as video-on-demand, Feb. 26-28 and Mar. 12-14, 2021. Click here to purchase video-on-demand of Leaving Iowa.

Livestream and Video-on-demand (VOD) guidance:

  • When you order a streaming option, you will receive a link in the Your Confirmation email that comes from djacobson@dmplayhouse.com. (Check your junk/spam folder as it sometimes ends up there.)
  • The stream can be cast to your smart TV if your TV can accept casting. (The newer models do.) Or if you have ROKU or Chromecast, they too can accept your casting.
  • If you purchase VOD, you can watch the video as many times as you want in a 24 hour period from the first time you start the video. Your link can only be used on one device.
  • For both Livestream and VOD, the camera is seated in the front row of the ramp – our most popular seat with patrons – and captures the entire stage. There are no Hamilton/Disney+ multiple cameras and close-ups; it is as if you are in the theatre, sitting in the front row of the ramp. If there is a preshow talk, that is included.
  • FAQ: Why is video-on-demand only offered for a limited number of days? As with live performances, The Playhouse has to pay royalties on the show.
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Thursdays through Saturdays & 2:00 PM Sundays; Feb. 19-21, Mar. 4-7, & Mar. 18-21, 2021
John Viars Theatre
Run Time:
90 minutes; performed without intermission
Content Advisory:
The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical effects), please contact the ticket office at 515.277.6261.


  • Debra Garner


    Debra Garner
  • Elysa Koss

    Multiple Character Actress

    Elysa Koss
  • Greg Millar


    Greg Millar
  • Josh Sampson

    Multiple Character Actor

    Josh Sampson
  • Sam Sides


    Sam Sides
  • Hope Walker


    Hope Walker
  • David R. Kilpatrick


    David R. Kilpatrick

Show Credits

By Tim Clue and Spike Manton
Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, IL.