On Tuesday, October 13 a radio production of Sinclair Lewis’ novel It Can’t Happen Here will broadcast at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT via YouTube. 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 and much of the original cast, but this time as a radio play in four episodes, just in time for the 2020 presidential election. The audio drama is being offered free to organizations across the country. The intent for the project is to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote.
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, having participated in the 2016 nation-wide reading of this play coordinated by Berkeley Rep, is honored to join theatres across the nation to help spread the word about this production. Berkeley Rep’s former Artistic Director Tony Taccone along with screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen return with the original director, two-time Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson. The trio previously collaborated on It Can’t Happen Here when it had its premiere at Berkeley Rep in 2016.
Oscar- nominated actor David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) will join many of the previous cast members to bring this political drama to life.
A live Q&A session with the creative team will take place following the broadcast.
The full cast for It Can’t Happen Here, in alphabetical order, includes:
Elijah Alexander (General Edgeways/Bishop Prang/Lee Sarason)
Danforth Comins (Philip Jessup)
Scott Coopwood (Shad Ledue)
William Thomas Hodgson (Dr. Fowler Greenhill)
Anna Ishida (Mary Jessup Greenhill)
David Kelly (Buzz Windrip)
Sharon Lockwood (Emma Jessup/Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch)
Eddie Lopez (David Greenhill/Mr. Dimick)
Alex Lydon (Julian Falck)
Tom Nelis (Buck Titus)
Greta Oglesby (Lorinda Pike)
Charles Shaw Robinson (Frank Tasbrough/Effingham Swan)
Gerardo Rodriguez (Karl Pascal)
Carolina Sanchez (Sissy Jessup)
Mark Kenneth Smaltz (R.C. Crowley/John Pollikop)
David Strathairn (Doremus Jessup)
Citizens, campaigners, soldiers, workers, radio voices, prisoners, and many others all played by members of the company and Sound Designer Paul James Prendergast.
The production can be heard on Tuesday, October 13 at 5pm PST/8pm EST via YouTube.
Fred Astaire (née Frederick Austerlitz; 1899 – 1987) was arguably the greatest triple threat (dance/song/choreography) film performer the world has ever known. On his own or with partners as talented as Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth, Cyd Charisse, and many others, Astaire brought an insouciance, wit, artistry, and joie de vivre to Hollywood which continues to burst off the screen nearly 100 years later.
Film musical fans around the world are invited to join Marc Strauss, Ph.D., and co-host Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, in a special film series on this extraordinary film artist. Via Zoom meetings and spanning eight months, from September 4, 2020 to April 2, 2021 on 31 successive Friday evenings starting at 7 pm, Dr. Strauss will present contextualized Introductions, show the movies, and provide post-film discussions on all thirty-one Fred Astaire movie musicals from 1933 to 1968. The cost is $30/month or $200 for all 31 programs.
- September 4: Dancing Lady (1933)
- September 11: Flying Down to Rio (1933)
- September 18: The Gay Divorcee (1934)
- September 25: Roberta (1935)
- October 2: Top Hat (1935)
- October 9: Follow the Fleet (1936)
- October 16: Swing Time (1936)
- October 23: Shall We Dance (1937)
- October 30: A Damsel in Distress (1937)
- 10.November 6: Carefree (1938)
- 11.November 13: The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
- 12.November 20: Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
- 13.November 27: Second Chorus (1940)
- 14.December 4: You’ll Never Get Rich (1941)
- 15.December 11: Holiday Inn (1942)
- 16.December 18: You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
- 17.December 26 (Saturday): The Sky’s the Limit (1943)
- 18.January 2 (Saturday): Ziegfeld Follies (1944)
- 19.January 8: Yolanda and the Thief (1945)
- 20.January 15: Blue Skies (1946)
- 21.January 22: Easter Parade (1948)
- 22.January 29: The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
- 23.February 5: Three Little Words (1950)
- 24.February 12: Let’s Dance (1950)
- 25.February 19: Royal Wedding (1951)
- 26.February 26: The Belle of New York (1952)
- 27.March 5: The Band Wagon (1953)
- 28.March 12: Daddy Long Legs (1955)
- 29.March 19: Funny Face (1955)
- 30.March 26: Silk Stockings (1957)
- 31.April 2: Finian’s Rainbow (1968)
Click here to purchase tickets.
Wait Until You Experience CHRISTMAS IN JULY!
That’s right! Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater in collaboration with Lower Cape TV presents a virtual event, CHRISTMAS IN JULY, a showcase of local performers to help Lower Cape Outreach Council remain responsive and vital through this pandemic.
Hundreds of local households, from Harwich to Provincetown, are depending on Lower Cape Outreach Council to keep food on their tables and roofs over their heads.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY will bring you a star-studded lineup of local performers who are donating their time and talents to help Lower Cape Outreach Council raise necessary funds to ensure the security of our neighbors in need.
While YULE FOR FUEL focuses on providing heat to local households, CHRISTMAS IN JULY will focus on
other crucial programs from Lower Cape Outreach Council, like 9 food pantries that are sustaining hundreds of households every week and an emergency financial assistance program that is keeping local people in their homes, paying for rents, utilities, home insurance, repairs for boats, truck and cars so working people can keep on earning a living.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY will stream free online at WHAT.org and will be broadcast on Lower Cape TV’s Channel 99 throughout the months of July and August. There will be a suggested donation to Lower Cape Outreach Council.
First and foremost, we hope this message finds you and your loved ones healthy and in good humor during these challenging times.
It’s remarkable how quickly the world can change. Two weeks ago, we were celebrating the launch of our 2020 season and busy organizing the casts and creative teams for these productions. Our offices were filled with creative energy and our excitement for the upcoming season continued to grow every day. But now with an uncertain future those plans must be put on hold as we wait and follow the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to resuming operations when it is deemed safe and in the best interest of our community. Your health, along with the health of our staff and artists, are our primary concern at this time.
One thing we have learned during our tenure is that Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater is resilient. We have the creativity, passion, and drive, along with the extraordinary level of support we feel from our audience, to weather many storms. And when this storm passes we will be here, ready to welcome you and share stories that uplift humanity, are reflective of our time, and inspire laughter, reflection, and transformation.
Donna R. Ward
Chair, Board of Trustees
Executive and Artistic Director