Staged Reading: It Can't Happen Here
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The Humanity Theatre Project will launch its first season with a staged reading of It Can’t Happen Here (Part 1). A discussion featuring panelists from the community will follow each performance.
Based on the 1930s dystopian of the same name, It Can’t Happen Here presents a cautionary, semi-satirical look at the fragility of democracy. Adapted for the stage by Berkeley Rep in 2016, this new version follows the ascent of Senator Berzelius “Buzz” Windrip (loosely based on Huey P. Long), a demagogue who easily wins the 1936 presidential election by promising to return the country to greatness. The rise of Windrip is watched disapprovingly by Doremus Jessup, the editor of the Fort Beulah Daily Informer. As Windrip comes down on the press, Jessup winds up in the crosshairs while others reassure themselves that fascism cannot “happen here.” 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.
Employing the arts as a catalyst, the Humanity Theatre Project aims to celebrate differences, celebrate similarities, and celebrate our shared humanity while creating discussions about and raising awareness of empathy in Nashville and across the country. For more information about the Humanity Theatre Project, please visit humanitytheatreproject.com.
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Immediately following the performance, there will be a post-show discussion featuring panelists from the community.
4610 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209