Berkeley Rep presents
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
​debuts ​Oct. 13, 2020 · 5 p.m., via YouTube, with live post-show talkback
​available through Nov​. 8
​Free · No registration required

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. Berkeley Rep welcome back much of the original cast including David Kelly as the candidate Buzz Windrip, and Academy Award​-nominee David Strathairn as the liberal protagonist Doremus Jessup.

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

The production debuts on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m. PST / 8 p.m. EST, via YouTube. A live Q&A session with the creative team will take place following the broadcast. The production will be available through November 8.

An email with the link to the radio play will be sent on Oct. 13, 2020. If you receive SCR's weekly newsletter each Monday, you will receive the link automatically. If you don't receive our newsletter, sign up here, ​follow us on Facebook, or call (714) 708-5555.

Visit Berkeley Rep's website to learn more.