Berkeley Rep: It Can’t Happen Here
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 11:59 pm

Capital Stage is proud to be a Broadcast Partner

IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by Tony Taccone & Bennett S. Cohen

Adapted from the novel by Sinclair Lewis

Sound Design & Music by Paul James Prendergast

Directed by Lisa Peterson

Free · No registration required

This audio drama is being offered free across the country. Berkeley Rep intends for the project to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote.

Debuts October 13, 2020 · 5pm PT via YouTube with live post-show talkback. Available on demand through [EXTENDED] November 13.

Written in 1935 during the rise of fascism in Europe, Lewis’ darkly satirical It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. In 2016, Berkeley Rep unveiled a new stage adaptation of Lewis’ prescient novel, one week after that production ended, the presidential election roiled our nation. Now, Berkeley Rep reprises that production with the same director, but this time as a radio play in four episodes, just in time for the 2020 presidential election. We’re delighted to welcome back much of the original cast including David Kelly as the candidate Buzz Windrip, and to have Academy Award nominee David Strathairn join us as the liberal protagonist Doremus Jessup.

Cast includes Capital Stage favorite Scott Coopwood!

Visit Berkeley Rep’s website to learn more.





The Great Leap – A Virtual Performance
Oct 19 @ 12:00 am – Oct 25 @ 11:59 pm

THE GREAT LEAP – A Virtual Performance

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Jeffrey Lo
2017 Kesselring Prize Winner

Video On Demand
Available October 19-25, 2020


When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for a “friendship” game in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese-American player Manford spies on his opponents. Inspired by events in her own father’s life, Yee “applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents).” Learn More

“A beautiful play with vibrant characters and rich history crackling with fresh dialog.” – BROADWAY WORLD

“The Great Leap has got real game!” – BAY AREA NEWS GROUP

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Philip Howard Concert
Nov 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Virtual Performances:
Philip Howard Concert

A Livestreamed Event Presented by Capital Stage

Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Tickets: Free (Registration Required)

Capital Stage presents its first Virtual Performances Concert Event with renowned pianist and composer Philip Howard. This special free livestreamed event is one night only! Get your virtual tickets today!

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley – A Radio Play
Dec 22 2020 @ 12:00 am – Jan 1 2021 @ 11:59 pm

The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley – A Radio Play

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By Lauren Gunderson
& Margot Melcon

Directed by Peter Mohrmann

Virtual Performance
Available ON DEMAND
Dec. 22, 2020 – Jan. 1, 2021

It’s Christmas at Pemberley again in a new companion piece to Gunderson & Melcon’s holiday hit MISS BENNET! THE WICKHAMS: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY – A RADIO PLAY takes us downstairs on an auditory storytelling adventure where servants are bustling with the arrival of holiday guests. In the warmth of the Darcy kitchen, family secrets are revealed and loyalties are tested. A bright and joyous holiday tale full of your favorite Jane Austen characters, and the power of giving back to others.

Playwriting Workshop Showcase
Mar 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Playwriting Workshop Showcase

Watch the Livestream Presentation of Scenes and Monologues
Monday, March 29 at 7:00 pm on Facebook

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