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Pittsburgh Public Theater to Present Radio Play IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE From Berkeley Rep

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Free Nationwide Radio Play to Air October 13, 2020.

Pittsburgh Public Theater will join theaters across the nation to help spread the word about Berkeley Rep's YouTube radio production of Sinclair Lewis' novel It Can't Happen Here on Tuesday, October 13 at 8pm ET.

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 stoking fearful narratives and promising wide-ranging reforms. In 2016, Berkeley Rep unveiled a new stage adaptation of Lewis' prescient novel - one week after that production ended, the presidential election ruffled the nation. Now, Berkeley Rep reprises that production with the same director and much of the original cast, but this time as a radio play in four episodes, just in time for the 2020 presidential election.

The audio drama is being offered free to audiences across the country. The intent for the project is to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote.

To receive information on this radio production, interested audience members should sign up for Pittsburgh Public Theater's e-club HERE.

In addition to sharing this stream with its audience, Pittsburgh Public Theater will honor this election season by closing for business on Tuesday, November 3, and has encouraged staff to volunteer in their communities on this important day. Normal business hours will resume on Wednesday, November 4.

Berkeley Rep's former Artistic Director Tony Taccone along with screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen return with the original director, two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson. The trio previously collaborated on It Can't Happen Here when it had its premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2016. Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) will join many of the previous cast members to bring this political drama to life.

A live Q&A session with the creative team will take place following the broadcast.

The full cast for It Can't Happen Here, in alphabetical order, includes:


Broadcast Partners as of September 18, 2020

16th Street Theater
ACT - A Contemporary Theatre
Adams State University Theatre
Alley Theatre
American Conservatory Theatre
American Stage
Arden Theatre Company
Arena Stage
Bag&Baggage Productions
Bishop Arts Theatre Center Center Theater Group
Central Works
Childsplay Cinnabar Theater
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department
Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts
Contra Costa Civic Theatre
Custom Made Theatre Co.
Everyman Theatre
Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College
Goodman Theatre
Guthrie Theater
Hammer Theatre Center at San Jose State University
Howard University Department of Theatre Arts
Huntington Theatre Company
Indiana Repertory Theatre
International City Theatre
Island Shakespeare Festival
Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project
Kansas City Repertory Theatre (KCRep)
Kent State University at Stark
La Jolla Playhouse
Marin Shakespeare Company
Marin Theatre Company
New Conservatory Theatre Center
The New School College of Performing Arts
Northlight Theatre
Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre
Oregon Contemporary Theatre
Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre Company
People's Light
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Pittsburgh Public Theater
Project Big Top
Remote Theater Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Rogue Theater Company
Roundabout Theatre Company
Rutgers University-Newark
Saint Cloud State University
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Shotgun Players
South Coast Repertory
The State Theatre Syracuse Stage
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Trilogy Theater Group
University of Oklahoma/Helmerich School of Drama
USC School of Dramatic Arts
UC Santa Barbara, Department of Theater and Dance
The Village Repertory Co.
Water Street Bary We Players
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Z Space



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