Produced by the Berkeley Repertory Theater
By Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, adapted from the novel by Sinclair Lewis
Sound design and music by Paul James Prendergast
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Premiere: October 13, 2020 · 8pm ET, followed by On Demand Streaming
Join us, in partnership with Berkeley Rep, in a new radio play of Sinclair Lewis' IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE starring Oscar nominee David Strathairn. This satirical play follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the US. Listen via coparemote.com.
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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.
A live Q&A session with the creative team will take place following the broadcast.