Playhouse’s award-winning Reader’s Theater Series to play political comedy, WALTER CRONKITE IS DEAD | SEP 21 & 22

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JOSHUA TREE, CA — Opening its new 2018-2019 season of the region’s top-awarded live theater, the Hi-Desert Playhouse presents Joe Calarco’s lively comedy, WALTER CRONKITE IS DEAD, this Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21, at the new starting time of 7:30 pm. A part of its award-winning Reader’s Theater Series, these special Hi-Desert Playhouse performances take place at the Hi-Desert Cultural Center’s state-of-the-art Blak Box Theater in Joshua Tree.

Directed by Kathleen Walker, WALTER CRONKITE IS DEAD tells the story of two women of politically opposite thinking, who are detained in an airport bar during an endless weather delay with a bottle of wine and conflicting opinions about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As the story develops, these two strangers from different walks of life, one from a red state, one from a blue state, find common ground and we discover what happens when all the shouting stops. This lively and insightful comedy is a pure winner and stars Suzanne Avalon and Kathleen Walker.

Where directors, playwrights, and actors rehearse and present exceptional reader’s theater, the Playhouse’s Reader’s Theater Series showcases superb acting talent in a professional setting with an intent to create thoughtful discussion and social community for live theater actors and enthusiasts.

WALTER CRONKITE IS DEAD has a suggested rating of PG13 and no children under 5 are admitted. Elite seating tickets are $18 and General admission tickets are only $12. All tickets include one drink ticket. A cash bar is also available.

To purchase tickets or for more information on the Hi-Desert Playhouse, visit, call 760.366.3777, email, or visit the Hi-Desert Cultural Center Box Office in person weekdays from 1-5 pm at 61231 CA-62 in Joshua Tree. The Hi-Desert Playhouse is a program of Hi-Desert Cultural Center, a GuideStar “Gold Status” non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the regional visual and performing arts organization and arts agency for the communities of Joshua Tree National Park.

With its multi-venue performing and visual arts centers located in Joshua Tree and Yucca Valley, California, the Hi-Desert Cultural Center (HDCC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation (Federal Tax ID# 23-7425816) that has been serving as the regional performing and visual arts organization and arts agency for the gateway communities of Joshua Tree National Park for more than 50 years.  The Cultural Center owns and operates its own performance venues and facilities and produces award-winning community and professional live theater, concerts, art exhibits and galleries, festivals, the Joshua Tree Philharmonic symphony orchestra, a master chorus, an artist residency for veterans, an extensive educational arts and technology academy program for youth and adults, and more.  The Cultural Center is the largest and oldest non-profit arts organization in the region with several million dollars in assets, employing over 30 full-time and part-time employees, and with an annual budget exceeding half-a-million dollars.  Having achieved GuideStar Gold status and recognized as an organization of artistic excellence by the National Endowment for the Arts, it instructs over 700 adults and youth weekly and operates a significant financial aid and scholarship program so that no children are turned away from programs due to their socioeconomic situation.  Learn more at:



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