Grant Wood play coming to Washington

By Xiomara Levsen, The JOURNAL

A one-act play called ?A Visit with Grant Wood? will be performed in Washington next weekend.

The play will have one performance at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, at the Washington Performing Arts and Events Center. The funds from the tickets will benefit programs American Legion Post 29 does for veterans.

Last year, in conjunction with the American Legion post in Wellman, $500 was donated for a new ice machine for Lending Hands, American Legion Post 29 member Lonny Milligan said.

?Our justification on that was that there are a lot of veterans that go out and use the Lending Hands facility,? Lonny said. ?We also donated money for the 9/11 Memorial that is coming to the county fair. We had just wrapped up for this year buying hats, gloves, socks, T-shirts, underwear, sweatpants, sweatshirts ? for patients at the VA Hospital and for patients at the veterans home in Marshalltown.?

Tom Milligan, Lonny?s brother, is playing Grant Wood.

?We have had Tom do plays for us before,? Lonny said. ?He does a number of characters. He does Grant Wood. He does Henry Wallace. There?s about three or four characters he does.?

Since Tom does one-act plays, stage sets don?t have to be built and he brings everything he needs with him the day of the performance, Lonny said.

Tom also works with the Iowa Arts Council and does theater work in the Clear Creek Amana school system, Lonny said.

The Washington High School jazz band also will perform that day.

?They?re going to perform before,? Lonny said. ?We always try to get some of the students involved in it at the high school.?

Last year, the students who went to the state speech contest performed, he added.

Tickets are available at the Washington Chamber of Commerce, Art Domestique, from any members of the American Legion Post 29 and at Kennedy Insurance. High school students and under are free, Lonny said.