It Can’t Happen Here

Directed by Maureen Hennigan


Saturday, April 7  12-2 pm

Wednesday, April 11  6:30-8:30 pm

First Universalist Church and Society of Barnard

6211 Rt 12, Barnard
Performance Dates:
June 16-July 1
Outdoors at Feast & Field in Barnard
  • Large cast with both small and large roles, all ages.

    • 1 male 16-25
    • 1 female 16-22
    • 3 males 25-35,
    • 1 female 25-35,
    • 3 males 40-60,
    • 2 females 40-60
    • 1 female 50-65
    • 4 males flexible ages 35+
    • Younger teens for narrators, non-speaking military police or crowd member
    • Adults all ages for small non-speaking roles
    • small acting role for boy 6-8 years.
  • Rehearsals begin in May
  • Be part of this historic event – the novel It Can’t Happen Here, a story about how authoritarianism can take over democracy, was written by Sinclair Lewis at Twin Farms in Barnard in the 1930s. The play will be produced just down the road and will be produced in support of filmmaker Teo Zagar’s documentary It Happened Here on Sinclair Lewis and Dorothy Thompson’s lives in Barnard in the 1930s!


It Can’t Happen Here

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

It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. 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.