2020 Season


A new radio drama adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen
(from the novel by Sinclair Lewis)
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Sound design and music by Paul James Prendergast
Oct 13–Nov 13

2016 onstage at the Berkeley Rep

Beginning Tuesday, October 13 at 5pm
a live Q&A session via YouTube with the creative team follows the initial broadcast at 7:15pm
EXTENDED: Streaming continues through November  8 13!

Central Works partners with the Berkeley Rep and over 90 other companies nationwide to bring you this remarkable new audio adaptation of the novel by Sinclair Lewis.

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Episode 4:

Post show discussion:

Beginning  Oct 13 at 5:00pm!

The radio drama is offered in 4 segments followed by a post-show discussion (presented live on Oct 13).  Should you experience technical difficulties, try visiting the Berkeley Rep YouTube channel.

Written in 1935 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. In 2016, Berkeley Rep unveiled a new stage adaptation of Lewis’ prescient novel, one week after that production ended, the presidential election roiled our nation. Now, Berkeley Rep reprises that production with the same director, but this time as a radio play in four episodes, just in time for the 2020 presidential election. This audio production welcomes back much of the original Berkeley Rep cast including David Kelly as the candidate Buzz Windrip, and inlcudes Academy Award nominee David Strathairn as the liberal protagonist Doremus Jessup.

The audio drama is being offered free across the country courtesy of the Berkeley Rep. This project is intended to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote. Visit https://www.vote411.org.

Ticket Prices

Advance tickets: $30-$38
(Advance sales by phone thru Brown Paper Tickets: 800.838.3006)

At the door: $38–15 sliding scale

Pay-what-you-can: preview performances and every Thursday, at the door as available

Information & subscriber reservations: 510.558.1381

Performance calendar

(note new 7pm showtime on Saturdays!)

General Edgeways/Bishop Prang: Elijah Alexander
Philip Jessup: Danforth Comins
Shad Ledue: Scott Coopwood
Dr. Fowler Greenhill: William Thomas Hodgson
Mary Jessup Greenhill: Anna Ishida
Buzz Windrip: David Kelly
Emma Jessup/Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch: Sharon Lockwood
David Greenhill/Mr. Dimick: Eddie Lopez
Julian Falck: Alex Lydon
Buck Titus: Tom Nelis
Lorinda Pike: Greta Oglesby
Frank Tasbrough/Effingham Swan: Charles Shaw Robinson
Karl Pascal: Gerardo Rodriguez
Sissy Jessup: Carolina Sanchez
R.C. Crowley/John Pollikop: Mark Kenneth Smaltz
Doremus Jessup: David Strathairn
Citizens, campaigners, soldiers, workers, radio voices, announcers,
and many others all played by members of the company and Paul James Pendergrast


Stage Manager: Chris Waters
Script Supervisor: Katie Craddock
Sound Supervisor: Lane Elms
Sound Design Assistant: Michael Kelly
Original Casting: Amy Potozkin
Original Dramaturgy: Madeleine Oldham
Original Production Stage Management: Michael Suenkel


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Broadcast Partners

16th Street Theater, IL
A/C Theatre Company, AZ
ACT—A Contemporary Theatre, WA
Adams State University Theatre, CO
Alley Theatre, TX
American Conservatory Theater, CA
American Stage Theatre Company, FL
Arden Theatre Company, PA
Arena Stage, DC
Aurora Theatre Company, CA
Bag&Baggage Productions, OR
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, TX
Brüka Theatre Of The Sierra, NV
Butler University Theatre, IN
Capital Repertory Theatre, NY
Capital Stage Company, CA
Center Theatre Group, CA
Central Works, CA
Chance Theater, CA
Childsplay, AZ
Cinnabar Theater, CA
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department, IL
Contra Costa Civic Theatre, CA
Cornell University Department of Performing and Media Arts, NY
Cottage Theatre, OR
Custom Made Theatre Co., CA
Edge Effect Theater, WI
Episcopal High School, LA
Everyman Theatre, MD
Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College, MI
Foothill Theatre Arts, CA
George Street Playhouse, NJ
Goodman Theatre, IL
Griffin Theatre Company, IL
Guthrie Theater, MN
Hammer Theatre Center at San Jose State University, CA
Howard University Department of Theatre Arts, DC
Huntington Theatre Company, MA
Indiana Repertory Theatre, IN
International City Theatre, CA
Iowa Stage Theatre Company, IA
Island Shakespeare Festival, WA
Jewel Theatre Company, CA
Juneteenth Theatre Justice Project, CA
Kent State University at Stark, OH
La Jolla Playhouse, CA
Lisbon Public Library, IA
Main Street Theater, TX
Marbletown Arts Association, NY
Marin Shakespeare Company, CA
Marin Theatre Company, CA
Mendocino Theatre Company, CA
Merced County Arts Council, CA
Merced Shakespearefest, CA
Michigan State University Department of Theatre, MI
Minority Voices Theatre, OR
New Conservatory Theatre Center, CA
The New School College of Performing Arts, NY
Northlight Theatre, IL
Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre, IN
The Oasis Theatre Company, NM
Oregon Contemporary Theatre, OR
Out of the Box Theatrics, NY
Ozark Living Newspaper Theatre Company, AR
People’s Light, PA
Philadelphia Theatre Company, PA
Phoenix Creative Collective, CA
Pittsburgh Public Theater, PA
Project Big Top, CA
Red Earth Theatre, AZ
Redwood Playhouse, CA
Remote Theater, CA
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, IL
Rogue Theater Company, OR
Roundabout Theatre Company, NY
Rutgers University–Newark, NJ
Saint Cloud State University, MN
San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, CA
Santa Clara University, CA
Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre, CA
Seattle Repertory Theatre, WA
Shotgun Players, CA
South Coast Repertory, CA
The State Theatre, CA
Stories on Stage, CO
Syracuse Stage, NY
Texas A&M University–Commerce, TX
Theatreworks Colorado Springs, CO
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, CA
Trilogy Theater Group, CA
UC Merced, CA
UC Santa Barbara, Department of Theater and Dance, CA
University of Oklahoma, Helmerich School of Drama, OK
USC School of Dramatic Arts, CA
Very Little Theatre, OR
The Village Repertory Co., SC
Water Street Barn, MA
Weathervane Theatre, NH
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, MA
We Players, CA
Z Space, CA