ISU Agronomy Centennial Presents Henry A. Wallace Play Sept. 20

September 3rd, 2002

AMES, Iowa — In honor of its centennial, the Iowa State University Department of Agronomy is presenting "American Dreamer," a play based on the life of the famous agronomist, statesman and Iowa State alum Henry A. Wallace.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 20 in Fisher Theater at the Iowa State Center. Admission is free. During a dessert reception in the Scheman Building following the play, audience members can enjoy live music and meet the playwright and actor.

The one-man play takes audience members on a journey with Wallace through his inspiration and discovery. After a shaky start with the "Corn Professor" at Iowa State at 15 years of age, Wallace was inspired to perform his first experiment in agriculture. Wallace's family was well-known in Iowa agriculture — as publishers of "Wallace's Farmer" — and was involved in agricultural affairs. Wallace went on to establish Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., serve as secretary of agriculture and then as vice president of the United States.

Performed by the Iowa Touring Theatre Company, "American Dreamer" stars Tom Milligan and is written by Des Moines playwright Cynthia Mercati, based on the book "American Dreamer: the Life and Times of Henry A. Wallace" by John C. Culver and John Hyde. The production is directed by Kathy Pingel-Powell.

Editor's note: "American Dreamer" photographs are available at


Melea Reicks Licht, Agronomy, (515) 294-1890