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.

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

This event is FREE! No reservation required.

The production can be heard from October 13 to November 8 via YouTube.

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Click to view Q&A session with the Berkeley Rep creative team from October 13.

Visit Berkeley Rep for more information about the production.

JOIN ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY FOR A SPECIAL NATIONAL COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS EVENT   
Interact with theatre fans across America as Roundabout Theatre Company hosts twoNational Community Conversationson Sunday, October 25 at 2pm ET and 5pm ET to discuss the play and your response. Pre-register for the 2pm ET HEREor the 5pm ET HERE. 
  
Roundabout’s Community Conversations aim to foster reflection, conversation, and connection, striving to deepen an experience with the play and each other. Especially during this time of separation, Roundabout is pleased to create space for audience members to share their experience in smaller Zoom breakout rooms, building a sense ofmutual understanding and, therefore, a stronger community. 
 
Who:Community Conversations are free and open to anyone who experienced the radio play performance of It Can’t Happen Here. 
When: Sunday, October 25 at two different times: 















Where:Zoom (Please note: you do not need to have a Zoom account to participate)  
How:Pre-register to participate, and you will be sent a link to access the Zoom meeting. (You can register and join the event on October 25, but pre-registration can help ensure you a spot since space is limited.) 
  
To register for the 2pm ET/1pm CT/11am PT Community Conversation: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpceGgpjksEtQ54zHUWi5i5mxdf96cjq7r 
  
To register for the 5pm ET/4pm CT/2pm PT Community Conversation: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqde2rqD4tHdKvImENMt6nhshTDsbpxUQk 
 
More Information About the Event   
Community Conversations are small group discussions moderated by Roundabout Teaching Artists using specially designed reflective prompts, after which participants are welcome to stay and mingle. 
  
Click herefor a YouTube tutorial of How to Join a Zoom Meeting. 
  
If you have any questions about Roundabout’s Community Conversations, please contact Roundabout Education’s team ateducation@roundabouttheatre.org


Broadcast partners as of September 18, 2020

16th Street Theater
ACT—A Contemporary Theatre
Adams State University Theatre
Alley Theatre
American Conservatory Theater
American Stage
Arden Theatre Company
Arena Stage
Bag&Baggage Productions
Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Center Theatre Group
Central Works
Childsplay
Cinnabar Theater
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department
Contra Costa Civic Theatre
Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts
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
Kent State University at Stark
La Jolla Playhouse
Lisbon Public Library
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
St. Cloud State University
Seattle Repertory Theatre
Shotgun Players
South Coast Repertory
The State Theatre
Syracuse Stage
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
Trilogy Theatre Group
University of Oklahoma, Helmerich School of Drama
UC Santa Barbara, Department of Theater and Dance
USC School of Dramatic Arts
The Village Repertory Co.
Water Street Bary
We Players
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater
Z Space

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