Northlight Theatre is pleased to join Berkeley Rep and theatres across the nation to present this free nationwide radio play adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here, now available to Nov 8.

It Can’t Happen Here
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

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.

Read the Program



Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Watch the Talkback with the Artists held live after the performance launch on 10/13:



In addition to providing a source of entertainment, the added intent of the radio play adaption of Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here is to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic duty and vote. As involved members of our community, our hope is that this play will serve as a reminder of the power of voting in this important election year.


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