With only two performances left tonight and tomorrow, we took the opportunity to ask three questions of Janet Schlapkohl, the writer and performer of "Coming of Age In Chore Boots." Here's what she had to say.
1. Just two shows to go. For you, as both a writer and a performer, what has been the most fulfilling part of this production of "Chore Boots?"
The audience response has been the most fulfilling part of the show. I have been astonished, actually, having to hold for such protracted laughter. I'm honored to share the show with so many delightful people.
It has also been such a pleasure working with my director Tim Budd, who is about the kindest person I know. And also Nan Martin and Violet Virnig, Drew Belinski, and delightful newcomers Cami Sackett, Brian Tanner and Andy Sohn.
2. What is the single most important thing that you want to get across to audiences about the era that you describe in the show?
Be aware that the Iowa you see today is not the Iowa that was here just 25 years ago.
This was a state full of bustling small towns, with active local business and enough students to fill the hometown high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. It ended suddenly and, for many, quite painfully, with what became known as the Farm Crisis.
3. What should audiences know about these final two shows on Friday and Saturday?
This show for this moment shares a laugh and portrays a vanishing era. Things move on. I will too, so do come and share that moment with me.