Classics at Brucemore: Picnic

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Friday July 13

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7:30 PM  –  10:00 PM

Two drifters, George and his friend Lennie, with delusions of living off the "fat of the land," have just arrived at a ranch to work for enough money to buy their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man. It's Lennie's obsessions with things soft and cuddly, that have made George cautious about with whom the gentle giant, with his brute strength, associates. His promise to allow Lennie to "tend to the rabbits" on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amidst distractions, as the overgrown child needs constant reassurance. But when a ranch boss' promiscuous wife is found dead in the barn with a broken neck, it's obvious that Lennie, albeit accidentally, killed her. George, now worried about his own safety, knows exactly where Lennie has gone to hide, and he meets him there. Realizing they can't run away anymore, George is faced with a moral question: how should he deal with Lennie before the ranchers find him and take matters into their own hands.


  • July 11, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • July 12, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • July 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • July 18, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • July 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 
  • July 20, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. 


  • $20.00 per adult in advance
  • $15.00 per student in advance
  • $25.00 per person after 3:30 p.m. day of the show and at the gate
  • Brucemore members receive a $5 discount per ticket, quantity based on level - please "sign-in" using the link in the upper right corner to apply member discounts or call (319) 362-7375.


The Classics at Brucemore began as collaboration between Torchlight Theatrics and Brucemore in 1996, thus launching outdoor theatre in Eastern Iowa. The Classics celebrates a rich history of quality live theatre, from Greek tragedy to Shakespearean comedy and 20th century American drama. Much more than a play performed outdoors, the Classics fully utilizes the site as the natural amphitheater provides a lush backdrop and the outdoor environment is incorporated into the action — actors emerge from the woods, get dunked in the pond, and help themselves to the audience’s picnics.

Sponsored by Collins Aerospace

Photo by Struttmann Photo


  • Site Opening: The site will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Parking: The only gate that will open to vehicles for on-site parking is at 2160 Linden Drive SE. We will have people assisting you in finding a parking space. This gate will close at 7:30 p.m. 

  • Performance: This performance will lasts 90 minutes and is fully outdoors. Due to the nature of the content, this production is not recommended for young children. 

  • Seating: Seating is on a natural slope near the stage. Please bring a blanket or chair to sit on. 

  • Food and Beverages: You are welcome to bring your own food and beverages (beer and wine allowed) to enjoy for the pre-show picnic in the amphitheater space beginning as early as 6:30 p.m. or throughout the show. Water will be for sale before the show and during intermission. 

  • Photography: Due to licensing, photography and videography of the show is not allowed. 

  • Pets: Pets are not allowed, excluding service animals. 

  • Weather: The event may occur outside in light rain. 

  • Ticket policies: All ticket sales are non-refundable. Tickets to Brucemore produced programs may be returned up to 24 hours prior to the program as a tax-deductible contribution or as an exchange for a different date or time of the same program, subject to availability. Other policies may vary. Click here to read more.