Walter Cronkite is Dead

Walter Cronkite is DeadWhen 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.

Upon 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.

Who Was Walter Cronkite?

WalterWalter 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.”

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