American Dreamer: The Life & Times of Henry A. Wallace

  • 2773 290th Street | Orient, IA 50858, IA 50858
  • Dates: August 29, 2021
  • Location: Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center
  • Start/End Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: $25 - Doors open at 4:45 p.m.
  • Overview

    Tom Milligan will portray Iowa native Henry A. Wallace during his performance of “American Dreamer” on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at the Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center near Orient.

    In this one-act play based on the award-winning book of the same name by Senator John C. Culver and John Hyde, Tom brings Henry A. Wallace to life. Wallace, the agricultural innovator and founder of Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Corn Company, also became US Secretary of Agriculture, Vice President and US Secretary of Commerce under Franklin Roosevelt. Admired by many and later branded as a Socialist during his controversial 1948 campaign for the presidency, Wallace always held out a vision for the future.

    Doors open at 4:45 pm for a gourmet brown bag lunch with the performance at 5:30 pm. Cost is $25 per person. Reservations are required. Rain date is Sunday, September 19.  More details are included on the ticketing page.

    Performer Tom Milligan has spent 45+ years as a working theater artist in Iowa. As an actor, director, scenic designer and producer, his work has been seen throughout the Midwest, especially at the Des Moines Playhouse, Ingersoll Dinner Theater, The Drake Opera Theater, Hoyt Sherman Place, The Drama Workshop and other venues in the Des Moines area. In 2005 he moved to the Amana Colonies, working on multiple productions at the Old Creamery Theater and the Iowa Theater Artists Company, plus many self-produced productions.

     A few picnic tables are available or bring your own lawn chairs.

    A gourmet picnic lunch featuring fruits and vegetables grown on site is included. Menu details TBA. Additional alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.  Please contact Chef Hans with any dietary restrictions in advance.

    The Prairie Art Exhibit is available to view before or after the performance. 90+ paintings of “Prairie Creatures Great & Small” by community artists of all ages and skill levels are mounted along the one-mile grassy path. In addition, a new 20-minute audio tour of the birthplace farm includes 6 stops around the Farmhouse and Gathering Barn.