It Can’t Happen Here

A Radio Play

Presented in Partnership with Berkeley Repertory Theatre


Adapted to be presented as a radio play, Sinclair Lewis’ darkly satirical and oddly prescient 1935 novel 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 its stage adaptation of Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here; one week after the production ended, the presidential election roiled the nation.

 For the radio play, Berkeley Rep will reprise this production with the same director and much of the original cast, adding Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) as protagonist—just in time for the 2020 presidential election. The audio drama is being offered free to organizations across the country, including Hammer Theatre Center, with the intent to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power.

 Read more about the production in this press release.