It Can't Happen Here Staged Reading

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It Can't Happen Here Staged Reading
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On Monday, October 24 the Detroit Repertory Theatre will join theatres across the country and present a free public reading of It Can't Happen Here, based on the 1935 novel written by Sinclair Lewis. In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country will read the stage adaptation of the novel.

Written 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. 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.

Lewis' novel reads like it was ripped out of today's headlines. Whether he's describing Buzz Windrip, the demagogue who wins the presidency based on the promise of making our country great again, or Doremus Jessup, a liberal newspaper editor who simply waits too long to take Windrip seriously, Lewis' understanding of our political system was precise and far reaching.

The reading of It Can't Happen Here will take place at the Detroit Repertory Theatre Monday, October 24 at 7:30 PM. The event is free. It is directed by Robert Grossman, seen on the Rep stage last season in Butler, and will be read by a cast of over 20 familiar DRT faces.

If you are not in Michigan, a list of participating theatres across the country can be found here:

To find out more about the event, call the Rep: 313-868-1347

*Long time DRT-goers may recognize the photo above. It is not from It Can't Happen Here. It is from the Rep production of 1977, Sunday Revolution, written by Bruce E. Millan.

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By: Detroit Repertory Theatre