A fascist takeover of America?
The initial reaction is "It Can't Happen Here"—but that's exactly the title of Sinclair Lewis' prescient 1935 novel and 1936 drama, which gets a staged reading for a single performance March 21 at 7:30 PM in Manhattan.
As production notes put it, ”Imagine America ruled by a charismatic bigot elected president on a populist platform. That is what Nobel Prize winner Sinclair Lewis did in his long forgotten play It Can't Happen Here, which uncannily reflects the current the state of American politics.”
Greg Mullavey (Rumors) plays the role of Doremus Jessup.
The Peccadillo Theater Company presents the staged reading at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South). Obie Award winner and Peccadillo artistic director Dan Wackerman, who rediscovered this work, directs the reading.
The book and play were based on the career of Depression-era politician Huey Long, who attracted a following in the U.S. simultaneous with the rise of fascist dictators Mussolini and Hitler in Europe.
Wackerman said, “Our form of government is more vulnerable than people suppose and this play shows how the loss of our cherished freedoms can happen by the gradual accommodation to the ‘new normal’ of demagogues like Donald Trump. Quite apart from its remarkably prescient analysis of how a fascist strongman might actually come to power in this country, it's just a good story, well built and suspenseful.”
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