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Walter Cronkite is Dead

at_lab_logo_4c_noggcDirected by Brian Clowdus

When a thunderstorm shuts down the entire East Coast, Patty, a chatty, blue-collar Southerner and Margaret, a reserved, educated Washingtonian, sit and wait. Forced together, the strangers share a bottle of wine to pass the time. This insightful comedy demonstrates what might be possible if people from opposite sides of the aisle could stop shouting and take even one night to listen.

Red Button/Blue Button

cronkite_button_redcronkite_button_blueUpon entering the theatre, audience members will be asked to choose a button out of a bag. The button will either be “red” or “blue” and will signify which political party that person supports for the duration of the show. (Don’t worry, audience members can switch back to their party of choice following the play.) Because this comedy is sure to encourage lively debate, Aurora Theatre will keep the bar open after the show.

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Playwright Joe Calarco

Joe Calarco is an accomplished writer and director in American theatre, best known as the adaptor/director of Shakespeare’s R&J which ran for a year Off-Broadway, becoming the longest running version of Romeo and Juliet in New York history. It earned him a Lucille Lortel Award and the show later enjoyed a successful production at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre. His reworking of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash toured the U.S. for over a year. Off-Broadway credits include the world premiere of the musical In Transit, The Burnt Part Boys and Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky. He directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of the musical Sarah, Plain and Tall (book by Julia Jordan, music by Larry O’Keefe, lyrics by Nell Benjamin) at the Lucille Lortel and later expanded it to a two-act version for Dallas Theatre Center. Other directing credits include: The Summer of the Swans, Boy, The Mistress Cycle, Fugitive Songs and Bury the Dead.

Meet the Playwright

Join us for a post-show Talkback/Q&A with Joe Calarco on Saturday, October 5.

Producer’s Quote

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez, “More information is available to us at a moment’s notice than in any other time in the history of the world. Yet we gravitate to the world of sound bites and skewed facts. Every person can maintain their opinion by finding a news anchor to support their personal ideology. I believe our society is clamoring for a return to civil discourse. It is through devoted research and thoughtful debate that we change as citizens and as human beings. I encourage us to truly listen when we converse, not simply wait for our turn to speak. I am certain Walter Cronkite did.”

September 19–October 6, 2013

Thursday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $15

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Who was Walter Cronkite?

Walter Cronkite (1916–2009) presided over the CBS Evening News program during the golden age of television news. In an opinion poll of the time, he was named “the most trusted man in America.” Back in those days there were only three commercial networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) and PBS. Liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, everyone watched Walter Cronkite. To this day, the mention of his name invokes immense respect and reverence in the hearts of Americans who witnessed his career. Quite a different television news landscape from today’s plethora of channel choices and ideological messages driven by opinion-based “news.” But, in Cronkite’s own words, “that’s the way it is.”

Margaret Lane Carlock
Patty LaLa Cochran
Production Staff
Director Brian Clowdus
Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez
Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Stage Manager Tiffany Porter
Production Manager/Set Designer Britt Hultgren Ramroop
Company Manager Katie Pelkey
Lighting Designer/Technical Director James M. Helms
Costume Designer Brittany Quigley
Sound Designer/Assistant Technical Director Daniel Terry
Props Designer Liz Vitale
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson
Crew Edward McCreary