It Can’t Happen Here
By Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen, adapted from the novel by Sinclair Lewis
Sound design and music by Paul James Prendergast
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Debuts October 13, 2020 · 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET via YouTube with live post-show talkback at 7:15pm PT/8:15pm MT/9:15pm CT/10:15pm ET
Available on demand through November 8
Free · No registration required
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. We’re delighted to welcome back much of the original cast including David Kelly as the candidate Buzz Windrip, and to have Academy Award nominee David Strathairn join us as the liberal protagonist Doremus Jessup.
The audio drama is being offered free across the country. Berkeley Rep intends for the project to encourage dialogue and motivate citizens to exercise their civic power and vote.
The production debuts on Tuesday, October 13 at 5pm PT/6pm MT/7pm CT/8pm ET via YouTube. A live Q&A session with the creative team will take place following the broadcast at 7:15pm PT/8:15pm MT/9:15pm CT/10:15pm ET. The production will be available on demand through November 8.
Broadcast partner Roundabout Theatre Company hosts two National Community Conversations on Sunday, October 25 at 11am PT/12pm MT/1pm CT/2pm ET and again at 2pm PT/3pm MT/4pm CT/5pm ET to discuss the play and your response. Click the times to register for that event.
Deep Dive: Further Your Craft with Berkeley Rep Artistic Innovators
This fall, for five Saturdays, a few of Berkeley Rep’s favorite artists will lead virtual three-hour workshops on different aspects of theatrical art-making. On October 31 award-winning director/designer team Lisa Peterson (An Iliad, The Good Book) and Rachel Hauck (Hadestown) provide an inside look at how directors and designers collaborate. The workshop will focus on the 2016 stage production of It Can’t Happen Here, which Lisa and Rachel collaborated on. Learn more and register now.
Broadcast partners as of October 13, 2020
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
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
Forward Theater Company, WI
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
Kendal at Oberlin, OH
Kent State University at Stark, OH
KFGM–Missoula Community Radio, MT
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
Tony Taccone · Adaptor
Tony was the Michael Leibert Artistic Director of Berkeley Rep for over 20 years. During Tony’s tenure as artistic director of Berkeley Rep, the Tony Award-winning nonprofit earned a reputation as an international leader in innovative theatre. In those years, Berkeley Rep presented more than 70 world, American, and West Coast premieres and sent 24 shows to New York, two to London, and one to Hong Kong. Tony has staged more than 40 plays in Berkeley, including new work from Julia Cho, John Leguizamo, Daniel Handler, Culture Clash, Rinde Eckert, David Edgar, Danny Hoch, Geoff Hoyle, and Itamar Moses. He directed the shows that transferred to London, Continental Divide and Tiny Kushner, and three that landed on Broadway: Bridge & Tunnel, Wishful Drinking, and Latin History for Morons. Prior to working at Berkeley Rep, Tony served as artistic director of Eureka Theatre, which produced the American premieres of plays by Dario Fo, Caryl Churchill, and David Edgar before focusing on a new generation of American writers. While at the Eureka, Tony commissioned Tony Kushner’s legendary Angels in America and co-directed its world premiere. He has collaborated with Kushner on eight plays at Berkeley Rep, including The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures. Tony’s regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Center Theatre Group, the Eureka Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Huntington Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Public Theater, and Seattle Repertory Theatre. As a playwright, he debuted Ghost Light, Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, Game On, written with Dan Hoyle, and It Can’t Happen Here, written with Bennett S. Cohen. In 2012, Tony received the Margo Jones Award for “demonstrating a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of playwriting, with a commitment to the living theatre.” In 2018 he directed the revival of Angels in America at Berkeley Rep. In 2019 he directed and co-wrote (with John Leguizamo) the world premiere of Kiss My Aztec! at Berkeley Rep.
Bennett S. Cohen · Adaptor
Bennett is a graduate of Yale University’s School of Drama and UC Berkeley. Bennett has worked in theatre, film, and television. His play American Music was chosen to be part of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and has had numerous productions. His play Tequila was originally produced by the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco and has been published in West Coast Plays #8. Bennett has written extensively for film and television, working with such companies as Showtime, Paramount Television, Universal Television, and Fox International Productions, among others. He has adapted two novels for the screen, Jack Higgins’ WWII-era thriller Night of the Fox and Roderick Thorpe’s police drama Rainbow Drive. Most recently, Bennett wrote the feature film The Last Voyage of Zheng He. His book The Zebra Murders, written with Prentice Earl Sanders, is currently being adapted as a limited series by Seith Mann.
Lisa Peterson · Director
Lisa, formerly Berkeley Rep’s associate director, returns to the Theatre, where she directed Culture Clash (Still) in America, The Good Book (co-written with Denis O’Hare), Office Hour, Watch on the Rhine, It Can’t Happen Here, The Madwoman in the Volvo, An Iliad (also co-written with Denis O’Hare), Mother Courage, The Fall, and Antony & Cleopatra. She directed Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap at American Conservatory Theater last year. At Center Theatre Group, she recently directed Lynn Nottage’s Sweat as well as Culture Clash’s Chavez Ravine (2015 Ovation Award, Best Production), Palestine, New Mexico, and Water and Power, among other plays. A two-time Obie Award-winner, she has directed world premieres by Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace, Chay Yew, Luis Alfaro, Fernanda Coppel, David Henry Hwang, Stephen Belber, Jose Rivera, Ellen McLaughlin, Marlane Meyer, Philip Kan Gotanda, Lisa Ramirez, John Belluso, Caryl Churchill, Janusz Glowacki, Cheryl West, and many others at theatres including New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater, Vineyard Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Seattle Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, the Alley, and McCarter Theatre Center. She was associate director at La Jolla Playhouse for three years and resident director at Mark Taper Forum for 10 years. She is currently working on a new version of her musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, music by David Bucknam and Adam Gwon (premiered at NYTW 1990 and New York Stage and Film 2018); The Song of Rome with Denis O’Hare, commission for the McCarter Theater; and The Idea of Order with composer Todd Almond, commissioned by Berkeley Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, and Seattle Rep.
Paul James Prendergast · Sound Design and Music
Paul was the composer and sound designer on the 2016 production of It Can’t Happen Here, Roe, Watch on the Rhine, and Culture Clash in AmeriCCa at Berkeley Rep. His Broadway credits include All the Way and The Great Society. His regional credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival (25 productions), La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Long Wharf Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light, Hartford Stage, California Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Alley Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, and Arizona Theatre Company. He is a former ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater Company. His commercial and dance work includes extensive theme park and museum installations and multiple projects with Diavolo Dance Theater. His honors include Grammy and Drama Desk nominations, Broadway World, Ovation, Drama-Logue, Garland, Gregory, Footlight, and Gypsy awards. Paul’s work as a singer/songwriter has appeared in films, on recordings, and in music venues nationwide.
Chris Waters · Stage Manager
Chris (he, him, his) returns to Berkeley Rep after most recently working on last fall’s White Noise. Chris has worked internationally with the Shanghai Children’s Art Theatre, off Broadway at The Public Theater, and locally at American Conservatory Theater, Aurora Theatre Company, California Shakespeare Theater, The Curran Theatre, Magic Theatre, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and Z Space. Favorite productions include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The Great Leap, Office Hour, Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations, Hand to God, King Lear, Orlando, and A House Tour of the Infamous Porter Family Mansion with Tour Guide Weston Ludlow Londonderry. Chris holds an MA in theater management from UC Santa Cruz.
Katie Craddock · Script Supervisor
Lane Elms · Sound Supervisor
Michael Kelly · Sound Design Assistant
Amy Potozkin · Original Casting
Madeleine Oldham · Original Dramaturgy
Michael Suenkel · Original Production Stage Management
Elijah Alexander · General Edgeways / Bishop Prang
Elijah has appeared at Berkeley Rep in The Good Book and Watch on the Rhine. Recent credits include Alley Theatre/The Public Theater: Camp David (Anwar Sadat) and The Winter’s Tale (Leontes); Barrington Stage Company: Gertrude and Claudius (Claudius); Guthrie Theater: Playing with Fire (Creature); South Coast Rep: Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theseus/Oberon). Broadway: Metamorphoses. Off-Broadway: Shopping and Fucking (New York Theatre Workshop); BAM: Throne of Blood; Royal Shakespeare Company: Tantalus; Guthrie Theater: Watch on the Rhine (Kurt Muller); Oregon Shakespeare Festival, five seasons: Fingersmith, Hamlet, Troilus & Cressida, Pride & Prejudice, Henry VIII, Twelfth Night; Utah Shakespeare Festival, four seasons: Richard III, Julius Caesar; California Shakespeare Theater, three seasons: Man and Superman; Arizona Theatre Company: Disgraced; ACT Seattle: The Invisible Hand (Gregory Award). Film: Mr. & Mrs. Smith and Amazing Love. TV: Touch, Awake, JAG, and Summerland. Elijah received an MFA from Yale School of Drama. elijahalexander.net
Danforth Comins · Philip Jessup
Danforth last appeared at Berkeley Rep in Tony Taccone’s Ghost Light, receiving a Critics Circle Award for his portrayal of Loverboy. Highlights of 16 seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival include the title roles in Macbeth, Hamlet, and Coriolanus; Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night; Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing; Edmund in Long Day’s Journey into Night; Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire; Brick in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Brutus in Julius Caesar; Iago in Othello; The Odyssey; The Liquid Plain; Bus Stop; King John; and Richard III, among others. Other theatres and productions include Throne of Blood (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Manahatta (Yale Rep), Iago in Othello (American Repertory Theatre), All the Way and The Great Society (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Macbeth and Timon of Athens (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), and Hamlet in Hamlet (Utah Shakespeare Festival, PCPA Theaterfest). Film: Black Road, Redwood Highway, Walk-In, Shale, and Indigo. Danforth received an MFA from University of Illinois and a BFA from Pacific Lutheran University.
Scott Coopwood · Shad Ledue
Scott’s Berkeley Rep credits include Lennox in Macbeth directed by Daniel Sullivan and featuring Frances McDormand and It Can’t Happen Here, 2016. Regional favorites include the title roles in Hamlet, Macbeth, Cymbeline, King John, Edward III, and Cyrano De Bergerac; Iago in Othello; Edmund in King Lear; Angelo in Measure for Measure; Charlie in The Scene; Kippy in Take Me Out; Shylock in The Merchant of Venice; Jacques in As You Like It; Trigorin in The Seagull; Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew; Brutus in Julius Caesar; Harry Brock in Born Yesterday; Brennan in Frost/Nixon; Edward in Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me; Johan in Groundswell; and Apis in Archduke. Regional theatres include Arkansas Rep; Artists Rep; Capital Rep; San Jose Rep; Center Rep; Capital Stage; the Utah, Colorado, Orlando, and Lake Tahoe Shakespeare festivals; Arizona Theatre Company; Sacramento Theatre Company; Marin Theatre Company; Portland Center Stage; TheatreWorks Silicon Valley; Seattle Shakespeare Company; Profile Theatre Project; Shotgun Players; San Francisco Playhouse; and Jewel Theatre Company, as well as work with the Toronto, Windsor, and Oregon symphony orchestras.
William Thomas Hodgson · Dr. Fowler Greenhill
William was a part of the original stage presentation of It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Rep. He also appeared as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and in Christina Anderson’s How to Catch Creation (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); in Calligraphy (TheatreWorks); Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla Playhouse); El Henry (San Diego Repertory); An Octoroon, Gloria, and Tearrance Chisholm’s Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies (Mixed Blood Theatre); Trufaldino Says No (Shotgun Players); Seussical the Musical (Berkeley Playhouse); and I Am My Own Wife (Oakland Theater Project). He received his MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and is the founding Co-Artistic Director of the Oakland Theater Project.
Anna Ishida · Mary Jessup Greenhill
Anna originated the role of Mary Jessup Greenhill in the original 2016 production of It Can’t Happen Here at Berkeley Rep four years ago. Other Bay Area productions include The Importance of Being Earnest (Aurora Theatre), Macbeth (California Shakespeare Theater), and Mr. Burns: a post-electric play at both American Conservatory Theater and The Guthrie Theater. Regional credits include the world premiere of Moby-Dick: a musical reckoning at American Repertory Theater. New York credits: Henry VI Parts 1 & 2 at National Asian American Theatre Company (Drama Desk nomination) and Trigger (Leviathan Lab). Film: I Am a Ghost and Bitter Melon, both by San Francisco filmmaker H.P. Mendoza.
David Kelly · Buzz Windrip
At Berkeley Rep, David was in It Can’t Happen Here, Hand to God, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories. Favorite roles in 28 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival include Henry Condell in Book of Will, Major General Stanley in Pirates of Penzance, Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Falstaff in Henry IV and Merry Wives, Wilbur Turnblad in Hairspray, Biff in Death of a Salesman, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Benny in Guys and Dolls, and the title characters of Humble Boy, The Imaginary Invalid, Timon of Athens, and Richard II. Recently, he was seen as Schultz in Cabaret at Arizona Theatre Company and Elwood P. Dowd in the Guthrie Theater production of Harvey. For 15 years David has taught in the theatre department at Southern Oregon University.
Sharon Lockwood · Emma Jessup / Adelaide Tarr Gimmitch
Sharon has performed at Berkeley Rep for almost 35 years. Favorite credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Bay Area Critic’s Circle Award), It Can’t Happen Here, Culture Clash’s Zorro in Hell, The Triumph of Love, Volpone, The Alchemist, Pentecost, and Caucasian Chalk Circle. She has also appeared regularly at American Conservatory Theater, where her work includes roles in Napoli, ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, The Rose Tattoo, The Cherry Orchard, and 15 seasons of A Christmas Carol. Other Bay Area credits include Aurora Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, and many seasons playing the parks and touring with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. Sharon originated the role of Barbara in the world premiere of Nickel and Dimed under the direction of Bartlett Sher, which played at the Mark Taper in Los Angeles. Other regional credits include La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, San Diego Rep, Long Wharf Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, and the Alley Theatre in Houston, where last season she played Deirdre in The Humans. In 2016, Sharon was honored with a Lunt Fontanne Fellowship and participated in its Master Class at Ten Chimneys in Wisconsin. She received the Theatre Bay Area Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018, presented by Berkeley Rep’s former Artistic Director Tony Taccone.
Eddie Lopez · David Greenhill / Mr. Dimick
Berkeley Rep debut. Other Bay Area credits include The Unfortunates at American Conservatory Theater in 2016 for which he received a Theater Bay Area Award nomination. In eight seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival some of his favorite roles include Father Mandin in The Copper Children, Corny Collins in Hairspray, Ernesto Del Rio in Destiny of Desire, Zeppo in Animal Crackers, and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance, among others. Additional regional work includes Bert in Mary Poppins and The Dauphin in Henry V (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Spike in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Denver Center), and Richard Foreman’s opera What to Wear? (REDCAT, Los Angeles). New York credits include She Calls Me Firefly (NPTC), Throne of Blood (BAM), and The Unfortunates (Joe’s Pub). Film/TV credits: Madam Secretary and Redwood Highway. Eddie received his BFA from the CalArts School of Theater. eddie-lopez.com
Alex Lydon · Julian Falck
Alex’s work at Berkeley Rep includes Julian in It Can’t Happen Here, Ishmael 2 in Dave Malloy’s Moby-Dick (The Ground Floor), and Ted/Leng in Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band (The Ground Floor). Other favorite roles include Xander/Seward/Jonathan in Such Things As Vampires (Peoples’ Light, Philadelphia), Henry in Philip Kan Gotanda’s Sisters Matsumoto (Center Rep), Belvile in The Rover (Shotgun Players), Magistrate Tiger in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (Bay Area Children’s Theatre), and Monkey King in Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig’s 410[GONE] (Crowded Fire Theatre).
Tom Nelis · Buck Titus
Tom’s Berkeley Rep credits include It Can’t Happen Here and Dear Elizabeth. Broadway: Girl from The North Country, Indecent, The Visit, Enron, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and Aida. Off Broadway: The Public Theater, Ars Nova, The Pearl Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Theatre for a New Audience, Dance Theater Workshop, The Martha Graham Company, New York City Opera, Ripe Time, The Talking Band, Manhattan Theatre Club, En Garde Arts, BAM, Vineyard Theatre. International: Ahab in Laurie Anderson’s Songs and Stories from Moby Dick, Pearls for Pigs with Richard Foreman, Dionysus with Tadashi Suzuki’s SCOT Company, and The Merchant of Venice with The Royal Shakespeare Company. Tom worked with SITI Company for over 20 years, and with regional theatres throughout the country. Tom has received an Obie Award, the Eliot Norton Award, a San Diego Critics Ensemble Award, a Drama League nomination, and a Barrymore nomination. Tom received an MFA from UCSD.
Greta Oglesby · Lorinda Pike
Greta made a big splash in the theatre community when she played the lead in Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change at The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Her performance was variously described as “ravishing,” “indelible,” “powerful,” “magnificent,” “heartbreaking,” “brilliant,” and “the best performance on a Twin Cities stage this year.” Greta won the Ivey Award for that performance. Greta’s resume includes five seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Crowns, Burial at Thebes, Sunshine Boys, and Appomattox at the Guthrie; Gem of the Ocean and Amen Corner at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago; and several plum roles at Penumbra Theatre, including Piano Lesson, Ballad of Emmett Till, and Black Nativity. Greta has recently published a book entitled Mama N Nem…Handprints On My Life (Kirkhouse).
Charles Shaw Robinson · Frank Tasbrough / Effingham Swan
Charles’ work for Berkeley Rep includes the roles of the Father in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice and Milton in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul. Other favorite roles include Leonard in Seminar and Sorn in Stupid F**king Bird (both for the San Francisco Playhouse); Shag in Equivocation (Marin Theatre Company); Iago in Othello (California Shakespeare Theater); and Henri in Magic Fire, directed by Jack O’Brien (Berkeley Repertory Theatre/Old Globe). Regional theatre credits include the title roles in Hamlet (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park), Pericles (Centerstage, Baltimore), Scaramouche (The Empty Space Theatre, Seattle), and Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Word for Word, San Francisco). He was last seen in New York in the American premiere of Frank McGuinness’s Gates of Gold at 59E59 Theaters. He was honored to be a part of Public Enemy: Flint (Unicorn Theatre) for and with the residents of Flint, Michigan. He trained at Juilliard.
Gerardo Rodriguez · Karl Pascal
Gerardo was last seen at Berkeley Rep as Pascal in It Can’t Happen Here. He also appeared in Seven Spots on the Sun (Cincinnati Playhouse), Elemeno Pea (Humana Festival), and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Mixed Blood). His select New York theatre credits include Terra Firma (The COOP); Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage Company); Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement, Se Llama Christina, and Lucy Loves Me (all at INTAR Theatre); To the Bone (Cherry Lane); La Ruta (Working Theater); and Dramatis Personae (Playwrights Realm). His television work includes Elementary, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Shades of Blue, Search Party, Person of Interest, and all Law & Order shows. He can also be seen in films like Blind, Misty Button, The Artist’s Wife, Cruzando, Winter of Frozen Dreams, Don’t Let Me Drown, Last Night at Angelo’s, and Fish.
Carolina Sanchez · Sissy Jessup
Carolina’s work for Berkeley Rep includes the role of Sissy in It Can’t Happen Here and Jessica in Hand to God. She also appeared in Iowa the musical as Amanda/Sister Wife at Playwrights Horizons, and Audrey in Murder at the Gates by Steven Sater and Peter DuBois. Other favorite roles include Margie in Milk Like Sugar (Huntington Theatre), Rosalia/Maria understudy in the international tour of West Side Story, and Mayzie La Bird in Seussical the Musical (Roxy Performing Arts Center). She is currently obtaining her RN license in Miami, FL but will continue to perform for her patients daily.
Mark Kenneth Smaltz · R.C. Crowley / John Pollikop
Mark is pleased to be reprising his role of Pollikop/et al at Berkeley Rep. Other regional credits include Seattle Rep, St. Louis Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, George Street Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Stage Baltimore, Hartford Stage, O’Neill Theatre Center. He has been honored to have worked with John Pasquin, Daniel Sullivan, Douglas Hughes, David Saint, Evan Yionoulis, Gregory Mosher, Mark Wing Davey, Mark Lamos, Jon Jory, Joanne Akalaitis, Liz Diamond, and Christopher McElroen. Mark has appeared on Broadway and film. New York credits include New York Shakespeare Festival, Vineyard Theatre, and Cherry Lane Theatre. He will be a regular in the upcoming Ben Stiller Untitled project for Apple TV. Other TV credits include Inventing Anna, FBI, Jessica Jones, Manifest, and Law & Order.
David Strathairn · Doremus Jessup
David last appeared in Joe Dougherty’s Chester Bailey, at American Conservatory Theater where prior to that he had performed in Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched and Glenn Berger’s one-man piece, Underneath the Lintel. He recently completed filming Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski for The Laboratory of Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, directed by Derek Goldman and written by Clarke Young. His work in film includes Lincoln, Good Night and Good Luck, and the recently released Nomadland. Since 2009 he has worked with the Theatre of War, which presents dramatic readings of classical Greek tragedies and contemporary plays which highlight critical social issues, with the goal of fostering empathy, compassion, and understanding.
Citizens, campaigners, soldiers, workers, radio voices, announcers, and many others all played by members of the company and Paul James Prendergast.
Check out the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre’s teacher/student study guide for It Can’t Happen Here, including links to civics curriculum for your classroom, relevant terms, and more.
Available on demand through November 8
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