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Picnic Theater: Grant Wood at Country Life Center

  • 2773 290th Street | Orient, IA 50858
  • Dates: September 27, 2020
  • Location: Henry A. Wallace Country Life Center
  • Phone: (641) 337-5019
  • Start/End Time: 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: $25
  • Overview

    Tom Milligan portrays Iowa native Grant Wood in “Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel” on Sunday, September 27. Creator of the iconic “American Gothic” painting, Wood painted his “Uncommon Man” portrait of Henry A. Wallace in 1940 that was later used as the cover of Wallace’s biography “American Dreamer”.

    Grant Wood chats with the audience in "Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel", as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids. He tells us about his life and how he changed the art world forever with his work. It is the man behind American Gothic that we hear and see, and the story of how he took the moments, the memories, and the people of our state, and showed the whole world the specialness of this place, Iowa.

    Tickets include a gourmet brown bag lunch with ham and apple sandwich (Des Moines Bacon Co. smoked ham, roasted apples, herb quark cheese, tetragonia, ciabatta) potato salad (red potatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, herbs) and apple crisp (Red Free apples, oat crumble) and bottled water. Additional drinks (soda, wine and beer) can be purchased on site. Sorry, no outside food or drink. If you have dietary restrictions, please contact Chef Hans in advance by email or phone (641.337.5019).

    Doors open at 4:30 pm. Social distancing practices will be observed; please wear a mask when checking in and we recommend bringing your own lawn chairs/blankets. Patrons will be assigned a seating area on the lawn in advance in order of purchase date. Tickets purchased as a group will be seated together. If you need to be socially distant within your group (such as separate households), please purchase tickets in multiple transactions.

    The 45-minute performance begins at 5:15 pm. Tom will be available for questions and discussion after his performance. The gift shop inside the Barn will remain open after the show.

    The raindate for both picnic theater shows is Sunday, October 4. Ticket purchasers will be notified via phone or email if a performance is postponed.