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It Can’t Happen Here

Large Mixed Cast

Tony Taccone & Bennett S. Cohen from Sinclair Lewis Price: $8.99

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

That is, 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

M10,F4 (doubling, flexible casting)


“… thrilling and grim… It Can't Happen Here is an argument for journalism as a basic pillar of democracy …The curious pronoun in Lewis’s title, lacking an antecedent, may well refer to the rise of fascism in the United States. But a less literal reading of the title suggests that 'it' is something more subtle: a collective apathy, born of ignorance, and a populace that can no longer make the kind of judgments that participatory democracy requires" The New Yorker

.“It Can't Happen Here drives relentlessly toward believable, shudder-worthy horrors” ~ East Bay Express

It Can't Happen Here's point is that demagogues flourish when thinking but complacent members of a society fail to rise up and act as a collective" ~ San Francisco Chronicle


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