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

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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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Writing in Alignment with Katie Rubin
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Writing In Alignment with Katie Rubin

Class Description: In my 6 week online writing class, we write together once a week, online, FROM FLOW. And we meet once a week, for advanced, professional, constructive feedback from yours truly online. How do we WRITE FROM FLOW? We utilize a sound-based meditation track that allows us to tap into the consciousness of your ALREADY WRITTEN PROJECT. You become literally a channel for the words that ALREADY exist and that desire to flow through you. It happens. It’s easy. You write VASTLY more than you otherwise would. I wrote a 137 page book that is currently being edited in 3 days using this technique. I am almost complete on my second AND third books using this technique. My mind is blown and eliminated every time I apply this technique. And what a relief that is! Learn more about our Teaching Artists.

Class Location: All classes happen online from the comfort of your home! Katie will contact you with details once you are registered.

Class Times: Wednesdays or Thursdays, Dec. 2, 2020 – Jan. 13, 2021*PLUS group writing sessions every Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 am starting Dec. 5, 2020.

*Class time preference between Wed. evenings or Thu. midday to be determined between Katie and fellow students.

Tuition: $300

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