It's a really universal story.
There is also a thread in the play about what it meant to be a son of a man from that generation. The quiet dad who never said much.
It's also kind of a tribute to the era of that universal road trip that everybody took.
Listen to people during intermission or leaving the theater, and you'll hear them relating their own horrific travel stories. The show captures a fun and painful time that is universal. Sadly, today this classic kids-in-the-station-wagon sort of vacation is becoming a thing of the past.
Des Moines is part of the development story of this play. It was the first place it went on tour, it's a cornerstone of this (Midwestern) tour, and I'm very confident it's going to play all 50 states.
We think we're bringing back a show that is infinitely superior than the one audiences saw last August.