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Bishop Arts Theatre Center Partners With Berkeley Rep In The Free Nationwide Radio Play IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE


On Tuesday, October 13 a radio production of Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here will broadcast at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT via YouTube.

On Tuesday, October 13 a radio production of Sinclair Lewis' novel It Can't Happen Here will broadcast at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT via YouTube.

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 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 organizations across the country. The intent for the project is to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center is honored to join theatres across the nation to help spread the word about this production. 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:

Elijah Alexander (General Edgeways/Bishop Prang/Lee Sarason)

Danforth Comins (Philip Jessup)

Scott Coopwood (Shad Ledue)

William Thomas Hodgson (Dr. Fowler Greenhill)

Anna Ishida (Mary Jessup Greenhill)

David Kelly (Buzz Windrip)

Sharon Lockwood (Emma Jessup/Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch)

Eddie Lopez (David Greenhill/Mr. Dimick)

Alex Lydon (Julian Falck)

Tom Nelis (Buck Titus)

Greta Oglesby (Lorinda Pike)

Charles Shaw Robinson (Frank Tasbrough/Effingham Swan)

Gerardo Rodriguez (Karl Pascal)

Carolina Sanchez (Sissy Jessup)

Mark Kenneth Smaltz (R.C. Crowley/John Pollikop)

David Strathairn (Doremus Jessup)

Citizens, campaigners, soldiers, workers, radio voices, prisoners, and many others all played by members of the company and Sound Designer Paul James Prendergast.

Broadcast Partners

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


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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