2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2017
'Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel’

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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present the one-man show, “Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel” with actor Tom Milligan, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24. Admission is free; a reception will follow.

In his 45-minute show, Milligan will portray famed Iowa artist Grant Wood who chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He tells the audience about his life and how his work changed the art world forever.

“This is the man behind ‘American Gothic’ that we hear and see,” says Milligan. “This is the story of how he took the moments, memories, and people of our state and showed the whole world the specialness of this Iowa.”

When the show ends, the audience will be invited to ask the actor about Grant Wood and his life.

Milligan has spent 45 years as a working theater artist in Iowa. His work as an actor, director, scenic designer and producer has been seen throughout Iowa and the Midwest.

Milligan first appeared in 1973 at Iowa’s first dinner theater, Charlie’s Showplace in Des Moines. He’s been on the staff of venues in the Des Moines area, including the Des Moines Playhouse, Ingersoll Dinner Theatre, Drake Opera, Hoyt Sherman Theatre, and the Drama Workshop.

In 2005 he moved to The Amana Colonies working on multiple productions at the Old Creamery Theater, the Iowa Theater Artists Company, as well as many self-produced productions.