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"It Can't Happen Here"
a nationwide reading coming to MPAC on Monday, October 24th at 7:30 PM
Based on the darkly satirical 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis, Tony Taccone and Bennett's S. Cohen's play 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 authoritarian tyranny from the sidelines is a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who is caught in the chaos of social upheaval.
Dozens of regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country will join together in this nation-wide simultaneous reading event, organized by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, that marks the 80th anniversary of an event in which communities around the United States used Lewis's play as a way to protest the political issue of the day.
No tickets required.