Berkeley Rep: It Can’t Happen Here

Posted on October 6, 2020

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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.





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