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Political comedy comes to the Aurora

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Lala Cochran, left, and Lane Carlock perform in the Aurora Theatre's latest production, "Walter Cronkite is Dead." The comedy runs through Oct. 6. (Photo: BreeAnne Clowdus)

LAWRENCEVILLE — There is no doubt that Democrats and Republicans don’t always see eye-to-eye.

Now through Oct. 6, audiences at the Aurora Theatre have a chance to take a side during its latest comedy, Joe Calarco’s “Walter Cronkite is Dead.”

The story begins when a massive thunderstorm shuts down the entire East Coast.

To pass the time in the Reagan National Airport, Patty (played by Lala Cochran), a babbling blue-collar Southerner, and Margaret (Lane Carlock), a reserved, educated woman, share a bottle of wine until the storm has cleared.

The more they talk, the more they butt heads through the evening. But soon, they also begin to listen to each other’s different points of view.

“More information is available to us at a moment’s notice than in any time in the history of the world. Yet we gravitate to the world of sound bites and skewed facts,” Aurora’s Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez said. “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.”

Upon entering the theater, 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.

If you don’t pick your side, don’t worry. You can give back the button at the end of the show.

“It is through devoted research and thoughtful debate that we change as citizens and as human beings,” Rodriguez said. “I encourage us to truly listen when we converse, not simply wait for our turn to speak. I am certain Walter Cronkite did.”