By Sinclair Lewis
Adapted for the stage by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen
Director Michael Anthony and cast present Sinclair Lewis' now-classic story, newly adapted for the stage from the 1935 novel of the same name. It Can't Happen Here was commissioned and originally produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Tony Taccone, Artistic Director; Susan Medak, Managing Director; Theresa Von Klug, General Manager) in September 2016.
"A cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty, 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. Witnessing the new president’s tyranny from the sidelines is a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who trusts the system will fix itself—until he ends up in a prison camp. Sinclair Lewis’ eerily prescient 1935 novel gets a fresh update in this adaptation that examines what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can prevail to overcome the fall."Dramatists.com"We have adapted this novel with enormous respect and admiration for it's author, Sinclair Lewis. Even when taking liberties with both content and form, we have tried to retain the intent and ambition of the original text.Mr. Lewis was a singular artist, and his ability to grasp the complexity and underpinnings of American society and to reimagine the world continues to be a source on inspiration. With this play, we hope to sustain his artistic legacy and to translate his overreaching vision into a compelling piece of theatre.Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen
A production of the Dalton Little Theatre, produced through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, INC., New York.
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