It Can’t Happen Here

Directed by Debi Durst

October 19 to November 4, 2018

The 2nd production of the 2018-2019 Season

Adapted by: Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen from the novel by Sinclair Lewis

A cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty, the play 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.

Performances: October 19 to November 4, 2018
Fridays – 10/19, 10/26, 11/2 at 8PM
Saturdays – 10/20, 10/27, 11/3 at 8PM
Sundays – 10/21, 10/28, 11/4 at 2PM

The Production Team

Debi Durst Director
Barbara Williams Production Manager
Lindsay Schulz Producer
Shannon Quinn Stage Manager
Jared Alexander Technical Director and Sound Design
Dutch Fritz Costume and Set Design
Gary Smith Set Construction
Carson Duper Lighting Design
Denise Crawford Prop Design
Jay Crawford Prop Design
Christie Crawford Prop Design
Annette Hardy Assistant Costume Design
Lizzie Chapman Assistant Production Manager
Tara Manini Board Operator
Dave Chin Board Operator

The Cast

Louis Schilling Doremus Jessup
Pennell Chapin Adelaide Gimmitch/Emma Jessup
Nancy Martin Lorinda Pike
Jordana Wolf Mary Jessup Greenhill/Jaime Johnson
Dana Reynolds Sissy Jessup
William Rhea Philip Jessup
Jeremy Judge Julian Falck
David Hundsness Dr. Fowler Greenhill
Ben Latham Buck Titus/Buzz Windrip
John Neblett Shad Ledue
Marc Berman Frank Tasbrough/Bishop Prang/Effingham Swan
Gordon Bell R. C. Crowley/John Pollikop
Rob Hedges Karl Pascal/Driver
John Simpson Brigadier General Edgeways/Lee Sarason/Farmer
Sue Carmichael Ensemble
Aidan Chin Voice of David Greenhill