Mid-Ohio Valley Players Present “Leaving Iowa”

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Family vacations: The good and the bad which arise from crowding the whole gang into the old sedan and driving for hours on end to reach a destination you weren’t too thrilled about visiting in the first place. 

Leaving Iowa is a remembrance of childhood trips and a look at how they helped shape the adults remembering them. 

Authors Tim Clue and Spike Manton have captured the flavor of parents and children navigating both the roads traveled and the inner workings of family life.

This endearing, G-rated family comedy will be presented by the Mid-Ohio Valley Players on June 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., with a Sunday Matinee on June 23 at 3 p.m.

Director Marlene Somerville saw the excerpt of this play at 2010’s Ohio Community Theater Awards Festival and just knew it would be perfect for the Mid-Ohio Valley Players.

"We are so grateful to cast and crew," said Somerville. "Everyone worked so hard. There are so many lines in this play, and everyone works well together."

The show resonates with Marty Durham, who plays the lead, Dan Browning.

"I have found myself in so many of the situations as a dad on vacation that the play presents to us," said Durham. "I think everyone who sees this show, it will conjure up thoughts of some kind from their own vacations growing up."

Community theater really is a community effort. If you would like to become involved, call 740-374-9434 or visit The theater troupe is always looking for actors, artists, set-builders, ushers, members, costumers, and those who just dabble in those skills who would like to put them to use and learn more. 

The Mid-Ohio Valley Players Theatre is located at 229 Putnam Street in Marietta.