The University of Iowa

Working Group Theatre

All Recipes Are Home
Featuring Awful Purdies

Nonstudent $30
College student $10
Senior Citizen $25
Youth $10
Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Saturday, April 18, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Doors open at 6:15 pm.
Awful Purdies will play from 6:30-7:00 pm before the performance.

Audience will be seated at chairs and on bleachers, general admission.  Picnic tables will be available for pre-show dining, but audience members will need to move to chairs or bleachers to view the performance.

Beverages - including beer, wine, bottled water and soft drinks - will be available for purchase.
The venue is a barn with limited heating. Please dress accordingly.

Commissioned by Hancher/The University of Iowa, Center Stage Series / Luther College, and Grinnell College.


When a young man tells his sister he has been hired to work on a farm in faraway Iowa, she insists he take a longstanding family recipe with him. When she realizes he has left it behind, she embarks on an epic journey across the state—finding foreclosed farms, meat-packing plants, and more along the way—to search for her wayward brother.

A play with music and dance, performed in an historic barn, All Recipes Are Home will incorporate interviews with Iowa farmers and other experts to tell a universal story grounded in Iowa. All Recipes Are Home is the fifth full-length play Hancher has commissioned by Working Group Theatre, which is based in Iowa City.

Written and performed by Awful Purdies. Choruses of “Heartland” are borrowed from a poem by Miriam Alarcón Avila.

At the Veil
Settle Down Matty
Pennies in the Dustpan
Rest These Bones
Kill Floor
I Don’t Know You Anymore
Common Ground
Wild Sorrel and Strawberry
Mountain Man
Too Many Words
All Recipes Are Home
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Presented in conjunction with the University of Iowa's Food for Thought project.

Please bring a canned food item to benefit United Way and local food banks.

United Way

Approximately two hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.

<p>Residency activities with Working Group Theatre will take place throughout the year in Decorah, Grinnell, and Iowa City.</p>

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at