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Pass, Reservations, and Tickets, Oh My!

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It Can't Happen Here

By Sinclair Lewis Productions
Directed by Bryan Bevell. Adapted and edited for Fringe 2017 by Kit Bix.

Playing at Ritz Theater Studio

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Political content, Historical content, Literary adaptation, Includes artists with disabilities, First-time producer

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Warnings: Violence.

A small-town news editor struggles with the election of a fascist demagogue to the US presidency in this Federal Theatre Project's 1936 adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' bestselling novel. Abridged for the Fringe.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16+

 

Thu, 8/3 @ 10:00pm
 

 

Sun, 8/6 @ 8:30pm
High sell-out risk
 

 

Tue, 8/8 @ 8:30pm
High sell-out risk
 

 

Fri, 8/11 @ 5:30pm
Limited sales at door
 

 

Sun, 8/13 @ 7:00pm
Limited sales at door
 

* Reservations not required, but a Day Pass is. Find out more below.

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Day Passes are $16 on weekdays; $22 on weekends. Day Passes serve as entry to any show in the festival on a given day. Optional reservations to guarantee a seat for a particular performance are available by clicking the "reserve" button above. Day Passes can be purchased in advance with a reservation or at any venue box office during the festival.

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Day Passes for kids 12 and under are available at any box office during the festival just $5 every day.

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Ambitious

by Janis Emily Peabody on August 16, 2017
This user has reviewed 48 shows

Lots of people on stage, a fascinating story and frighteningly thought provoking. But with so many people on board, there are bound to be some that aren't as good as others and that can detract from the total of the show.


Intense, and plausible! Yikes!

by Christopher DeVaan on August 14, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

This play reminded me of everything I love about the musical, "Cabaret!", and probably resonated with a lot of people for one very specific reason: like in Germany some 70, 80 years ago, the most horrifying occupation didn't come from outside, it came from within.
What struck me is that this piece focused on near Civil War times, with a small Vermont newspaper that strives to keep the press & the country free as a charismatic, despotic President begins to take over the good ol' U.S. of A.
It was so well acted: everyone fit their parts, even those who played multiple parts.
In a Fringe full of #45 parodies, this was a piece that was scarily appropriate.


A Play for Our Times

by Cetius d'Raven on August 13, 2017
This user has reviewed 50 shows

A poignant tale that's hitting too close to home to be comfortable. A worthy Fringe show, but I would now like to see the full play--I assume they had to trim it a bit for time.

1 person found this review helpful


Good Show! A Little Rushed ... But Good!

by John Ervin on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Very well directed - and timely - adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' novel. Meagan Kedrowski does a fine job of evoking our current sorry excuse for a President in Buzz Windrip. Brent Latchaw, Brianna Belland and Tara Lucchino are also stand-outs in their supporting roles. The period costumes were fine. As other reviewers mentioned, the line delivery seems rushed. Though I understand the issue with props at the Fringe, the cardboard (literally cardboard) set pieces undercut the seriousness of the story. Overall, a good show that deserves a run at another theater in town - and with real sets!

1 person found this review helpful


It Can't Happen Here

by David Wheeler on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

This is an old story that is terrifyingly relevant today! I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or scream. This is truly a show that speaks to our worst fears for our country. Well done!

3 people found this review helpful


Great show!

by Michael Fleming on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

Great acting all around and a story that seems more relevant each day.

3 people found this review helpful


Thought Provoking

by Bonnie Neumann on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

I can see why the shows are sold out, the 80 year old novel has a lot of parallels to our current times. Excellent acting by main characters, especially Lorinda Pike, Dorremus Jessup, Buzz Windrip and Clarence Little. The show will leave you with thoughts of what if, since it is ironic of the similarities of today's politics.

A larger venue would have been nice but the space served its purpose in delivering a relevant message. The play could have also been much longer but the producer/playwright was able to condense it and fit it into a Fringe timeframe. Well done Kit Bix!

3 people found this review helpful


Well done

by Austin Robinson-Coolidge on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 37 shows

Dark view of a possible future, clearly written during a time of great anxiety about the rise of the Nazis.

3 people found this review helpful


Relevant Theater

by Sara Robinson-Coolidge on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 49 shows

This felt distressingly familiar (which it obviously is supposed to), and is well acted. The message is really clear and that's important - although I'm not sure the people who need to hear it ever will do so. More to the point, the script is trying to pack a lot into the one hour allowed by Fringe and I think this story likely needs more time to be told perfectly. Still, great acting and an important message are presented here.

2 people found this review helpful


Past, Present, Future?

by Bradley Johnson on August 12, 2017
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show, adapted from a novel written 80 years ago mimics thoughts, ideas and events troubling today's America. It was well acted and the set/props were quite ingenious. Worth seeing, but with only 1 show left and limited seats available, you should get there very early to try and get a seat.

2 people found this review helpful


Uncomfortable Blind Spot

by Katherine Glover on August 10, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

There were some interesting parallels to the modern day, and Buzz was indeed fantastic, but I'm not sure I see the value in re-mounting a 1936 script in which every prominent victim, collaborator, and resistance fighter is white. This is a story about how white people grapple with a fictional dictatorship, while the communities that, in real life, have the most experience facing and resisting oppression, don't seem to even exist. It is perhaps an understandable oversight for someone writing in 1936, but in 2017, I find it mind-boggling. White supremacy was central to the 2016 election, and rather than addressing racism, the script unconsciously reinforces it.

2 people found this review helpful


Can It Happen Here? Will It Happen Here?

by Kosher Oreo on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

As others have said, Meagan Kedrowski is amazing as Buzz Windrip. I did not find it distracting at all that the part was played by a woman. Also Tara Lucchino as Mary really came into her own at the end, ending with a strong note. I have not yet seen others comment on the set design, so I will. It took me awhile to notice that the radio was made from a cardboard box. It was very realistic and period appropriate. Buzz's desk was also cardboard it seems. The set designer did a great job making these pieces work. The story adaptation was good. A lot of moving parts with lots of actors/characters, but they pulled it off making it work in just under an hour and leaving thinking how nah, It Can't Happen Here. (Can it?)

3 people found this review helpful


Scaringly Relevant

by Sue Gerver on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

This play is scaringly relevant to our current political situation. Well acted. Meagan Kedrowski is excellent!

2 people found this review helpful


Very well done.

by Samuel Cole on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 6 shows

Excellent performances. Great dialogue. Wonderful pace and tone. I had goosebumps during the final scene. So good.

2 people found this review helpful


Great performance- not right for Fringe

by Dahlia Acman on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 17 shows

You rarely see, especially at Fringe, a performance with so many strong actors over the age of 40.

That being said, I'm not sure why this was a Fringe production. In my dreams, I'll see a full-length production with more connection in moments, slowed-down dialogue, and less time trying to play catch-up.

I also am a little weirded-out by casting a woman as Buzz Windrip. Don't get me wrong- she was incredible, but I'd feel better knowing the reasoning behind it. I hope it's not to make fun of a dictator by emasculating him. Tiny hands or whatever.


Chilling

by Mariellen Jacobson on August 9, 2017
This user has reviewed 38 shows

Sinclair Lewis’ novel was published in 1935 during the rise of Fascism in Europe. He and John C. Moffitt adapted it for the stage in 1936 for the Federal Theatre Project (part of the WPA 1935-1939). Kit Bix further adapted it for this Fringe production. The trajectory of the story and the characters and the attitudes are chillingly familiar. Bravi tutti - fine performances by this large cast on this tiny stage. It COULD happen here, but there are ways to fight it and just maybe stop it. RESERVE your tickets so that you don’t miss this timely and moving production.

3 people found this review helpful


Worth seeing

by Mary Schaffer on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The leads are strong actors and the story is intense. Makes me want to read some Sinclair Lewis and talk with friends about the content. Timely story. I've seen a number of shows this year and this is one of my favorites so far. Was sold out for 8:30 show tonight.

2 people found this review helpful


it did happen here

by Beth Bryant on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

person playing Donald trump is excellent. Lukas Levin is a star waiting to be born.

2 people found this review helpful


Timely, but...

by Justin DeLong on August 8, 2017
This user has reviewed 20 shows

I thought this show had a lot to say and not nearly enough time in which to say it. This left me asking things like "Wait, who's this now?" and "What happens to so-and-so?" Overall, the story is solid enough, but I know there is more to be told and many lose ends are left.
The acting was hit or miss for several of the secondary characters, but that the leads were well done.
I do think that the portrayal of the antagonist as a woman in a pants role makes a statement on sexism, but that's not what this play is about.
See it if you can, and I hope it sparks some good conversations.


needs room to breathe

by Eric Nelson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 4 shows

An important story, certainly, and kudos to everybody for doing this as a fundraiser for the ACLU. Good work generally by the cast, especially the leads. But this story needs either more than 60 minutes, or a more streamlined telling. The actors pushed it hard for 55+ minutes, which could have reflected urgency, but it felt like they had to rush to cram so much into too short a time. I wanted more context for this particular story (I assume the novel has some) and some breathing room to let elements land and give the pace some variety.

3 people found this review helpful


Reserve a seat while you still can

by Jordan Thompson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

There's a lot that happens in a small space (and time, of course) but it hits close to home. Meagan Kedrowski nails it as Buzz Windrip. You'll see what I mean. Timely, surprisingly relatable, and the proceeds go to the ACLU--one of the most important legal organization in the country. One of the best shows in fringe I've seen this year, hands down.

3 people found this review helpful


Too True!

by Mary L Cutler on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The adapter of this piece most keenly KNEW what she was doing! This adaptation of an olde Lewis novel resounds all too truly to our civic concerns post election of 2016. I am in awe of the entire production staff who are giving their monies and their talents to assisting the ACLU in this effort! This production is civic engagement in the arts at its finest --a message my former academic department attempted to impart to our students. I am thrilled to be a part of an art form in which artists use their energies to inform their audiences about issues demanding our civic attention! Enjoyed the passion with which the artists performed their work--as if it mattered!! Thanks for renewing my faith in that which theatre can do!

3 people found this review helpful


We will survive this

by Cate Jackson on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 12 shows

It was clear that they had to make cuts to the original script to fit in a Fringe time slot, but they managed it quite smoothly. A show written a lifetime ago is once again relevant today. Acting was a mixed bag, but never bad. Most of the actors created passionate, nuanced characters.

3 people found this review helpful


Amateurish script

by Don Feeney on August 7, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Reducing a full-length novel into a 60 minute play usually results in a rush to get everything in, and that's what happens here. It's earnest and well meaning, but bogged down by a clunky, amateurish script, uneven performances, and poor use of the space. Much of the action took place at the far end of the stage, leaving those in the other end wondering what was going on.


a slice of history

by Lyle Larue on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

Thankful I saw this one as I majored in history and had often read about Depression-era programs like the Federal Theater Project. Also thankful I made a reservation as I saw how the first performance sold out, and the one I saw sold out as well. First time I had heard of this Sinclair Lewis story, I was more familiar with others. Pleased that this show will benefit the ACLU. Hopefully there will be a longer version of this show eventually, outside of Fringe.

2 people found this review helpful


Wow!

by Sue Searing on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 8 shows

I was surprised to feel tears welling up in my eyes at the end of this play. I've heard quite a few allusions to contemporary politics and government already at the Fringe--some overt, some subtle; some played for laughs and some deadly serious--but none of it hit me like this period dystopian drama. The main characters are portrayed by very strong actors, and the action moves along quickly, building to a climax that had me on the edge of my seat. Bonus: a free booklet with the US and Minnesota constitutions,courtesy of the ACLU.

3 people found this review helpful


Very timely

by Eric Cohen on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 19 shows

A good warning of how things could still go. Acting/direction was hit and miss, with some people delivering nuanced performances and others fairly flat. Several makeshift props prove distracting, but a good adaptation that proves that yesterdays worries are still very much a threat today.

3 people found this review helpful


And the past is prologue

by Brooke Magid Hart on August 6, 2017
This user has reviewed 13 shows

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it, and repeat it we are. Excellent troupe, as always, and a very strong play. All should see this one. All of the cast are top notch and in particular Meagan Kedrowski.

2 people found this review helpful


Timely!

by R. Henkel on August 5, 2017
This user has reviewed 3 shows

Yes, very timely indeed. Important political message, well delivered - also a good adaptation from the book.

2 people found this review helpful


Relevant, highly recommend!

by Michelle Blaeser on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 11 shows

Very well acted by a large cast. Relevant to our time. Actors are volunteering their time and talent so all proceeds will go to the ACLU.

3 people found this review helpful


Great and Scary

by Bert Kritzer on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Well written, well directed, and well acted by a large cast. Too bad that it is one of the smallest venues in the Fringe. Be sure to book if you want to see this great show!

4 people found this review helpful


Epic undertaking

by Scott Gilbert on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I was amazed at all they were able to pack in to this production. Great acting, Efficient use of scene changes and nice costumes. I was worried when I heard the size of the cast because knowing the space I thought it would be overwhelming, but they did a great job. I am happy that I got to see it on opening and the proceeds are going to the ACLU so you should go and support this worth cause.

5 people found this review helpful


Prophetic Sinclair Lewis

by Anna Amyx on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 7 shows

This is a very ambitious show, particularly for Fringe. 12 scenes, 16 actors(!), excellent costumes, unusual number of costume changes, and a lot of set pieces/props. Very well acted and produced. All proceeds from the production go to the ACLU. Meagan Kedrowski as Buzz Windrip was absolutely terrifying.

4 people found this review helpful


Wondering about Lewis' book?

by Corrie Fiedler on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 43 shows

Sinclair Lewis' book has been getting lots of press since November. While I haven't read the book, I had hoped to get an understanding through the play. And I did! Feels like lots of Lewis' content is compressed into the 50 minute play (causing a some confusion), but the message comes across loud and clear. Kudos to the woman playing the president and (especially) to his aide.

4 people found this review helpful


Possible politics

by Gene Bard on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 14 shows

Generally well acted. Lead roles were excellent. Built around book by st. Clair Lewis with some mods. Made me anxious that our Constitution could slip away so the play was convincing. Cardboard and wooden props were even intimidating.
Three shows tonight but no evaluation of one.

4 people found this review helpful


Wonderful and very timely

by Rose Redmond on August 4, 2017
This user has reviewed 1 show

A great show that shines an interesting light on our political climate! All ticket sales are going to support ACLU! Wonderful acting and very thought provoking! Cool!

4 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Charles Numrich

Doremus Jessup

Charles is pleased to appear as part of the 2017 Minneapolis Fringe. He has performed with numerous theatres, around Minnesota and beyond. He received a 2016 Ivey Award for Best Ensemble Performance.


Meagan Kedrowski

Buzz Windrip

Meagan Kedrowski is a local performer, designer, and teacher. She is a company member of Theater Coup d'Etat and Savage Umbrella Theatre. She spends her days working as the Repertory Crew Head at Park Square Theatre, teaching at Stepping Stone, and as a freelance theatre artist.


Jim Ahrens

Lee Sarason

Jim Ahrens has been an actor, singer, director and coach in the Twin Cities for more years and he cares to remember. He can next be seen in Zephyr Theatre's outdoor production of Midsummer Night’s Dream in Stillwater later this month, and in November he will sing the the role of Orpheus in Jacque Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld with the Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company.


Brianna Belland

2nd Corpos

Brianna's performance credits include Flower Drum Song (Park Square Theatre/Mu Peforming Arts), Father of the Bride (Eden Prairie Players), A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater), and Urinetown (Ashland Productions). Choreography credits: Honk! (Eden Prairie Players), A Christmas Carol (The Phipps Center for the Arts), and The Wizard of Oz (Young Artists Initiative). She is excited to be working with such a talented group of people, for her third MN fringe show!


Kit Bix

Lorinda Pike

Kit Bix is an performer, theater-maker, educator, and arts journalist. She has published fiction, poetry, non-fiction, scholarly articles for academic journals and books, theater reviews, as well as one children’s book about puppies. Recently she has written for Twin Cities Arts Reader, Talkin’ Broadway, Twin Cities Jewfolk, and she is the founder of the popular online group Twin Cities Theater People.


Stefan Holmquist

First Corpos

Stefan Zachary Holmquist is a graduate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, where he studied Theatre Arts and Cultural Anthropology. In addition to his lifelong passion for acting, Zach has also sang with the National Association for Music Education’s choral ensemble at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and has toured with the UMN University Singers chorus around the Greater Minnesota area. This will be Zach’s second year participating in the Minnesota Fringe Festival and he is excited to be performing with an eclectic and highly talented group in a show that, not unlike contemporary politics, embodies a time of divisiveness and uncertainty for the United States.


Stephen Houtz

Effingham Swan

Stephen Houtz is an actor, director, singer and composer. His latest projects have an included a commission for a one-act opera in Birmingham, AL, and a four month run as Comse McMoon in “Souvenir” at Commonweal Theatre Company in Lanesboro, MN. He teaches at Park Square Theatre Company, runs the theatre program at Highland Park High School, and teaches voice in his private studio in Edina.


Lina Jamoul

Pastor Prang

Lina is delighted to be in her first Fringe show in this scary scary play. She has previously worked with Bryan in the Comedy of Errors. Other credits include: Lakeshore Players, Aniccha Arts and Eagan Theater Company.


Brent Latchaw

Dr. Fowler Greenhill

Brent Latchaw has been writing, producing, directing and acting in Fringe Festival shows since 2005. His most recent show was Stein, Stein at HUGE Theater in 2014. Brent has recently taken up improv and currently performs in a troupe called Friendhole.


Lukas Levin

Julian Falk

Lukas Levin plays Julian/David and has done many productions within his school, Saint Louis Park Senior High. He has also done two previous fringe shows: Girlhood at Mixed Blood theatre and Bloody Mary Jammy Party at the Tek Box theatre. Lukas is excited to be a part of the MN fringe festival for a third time.


Wes McClain

Henry Veeder

Mr. McClain was seen as Ebenezer Scrooge at the Phipps Center’s production of “A Christmas Carol” in 2016. He has also performed for Lakeshore Players, Theatre in the Round, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, Chameleon Theatre Circle and as Maj. General Stanley in “The Pirates of Penzance” at Mounds View Community Theatre.


Tara Lucchino

Mary Greenhill

Tara Lucchino is a theatre artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Penn State University with a theatre degree and after various gigs found her way out to the Twin Cities in 2009. Since then she has been performing with companies across the cities such as Sheep Theater, Nimbus Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, Freshwater Theatre, Theatre Unbound and Theatre in the Round to name a few. She was last seen in Sheep Theater's last two productions, Franz Ferdinand back in April and The Good Boy and the Kid which closed earlier in July. Up next you can see her in Nimbus Theatre's devised piece about the Ludlow Massacre which will premiere in November at the Crane Theater.


Alex Moros

Shad Ledue

Alex Moros comes enthusiastically back to the stage after more than a decade absence. He is thrilled to participate in a powerful political performance for The Fringe and to work with such a talented cast and director.


Emily Logan

Dan Wilgus

Emily has been a freelance actor in the twin cities for over 20 years and this is her fourth time participating in the Fringe Festival. She has also appeared in many local and national commercials, ABC's In An Instant and a handful of independent films.


Andrew Troth

Clarence Little

Andrew Troth is a Twin Cities-based actor, producer, and director with over 30 years of stage experience. Andrew is also a screen talent represented by NUTS, Ltd. and an audiobook narrator with works available on Audible.com. In addition, Andrew owns Mind’s Eye Comics, a comic book store in Eagan.


Angela Walberg

Frances Tasbrough

Angela Walberg is happy to be back at performing in the MN Fringe Festival. Angela works regularly as a vocalist, actor and producer. She has appeared with the Ordway Center, Skylark Opera Theatre, Artistry Open Window Theatre, Shadow Horse Theatre, Candid Theatre Company, Really Spicy Opera. Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Theatre Coup D'Etat, Theatre Unbound, Theatre in the Round,and Paul Bunyan Playhouse.


Bryan Bevell

Director

Bryan Bevell’s directing credits include: Lobby Hero (Jungle), The Comedy of Errors (Maggie’s Farm), Copenhagen (Workhouse), The Sea-Wolf, Good Clown/Bad Clown, The Designated Mourner, Gangster No. 1, FNU LNU, The America Play, One For the Road, The Lover, Fat Men In Skirts, King Lear, In the Heart of America, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Free Will & Wanton Lust, and the world-premiere of My
Marriage to Ernest Borgnine by Nicky Silver.


Jeni Long

Stage Manager

Jeni is excited to be involved in the Minneapolis Fringe and working with suce a wonderful group of
people. She is a company member with Theatre Unbound. Recent shows include Mere Trifles with
Theatre Unbound and Comedy of Errors with Maggie's Farm Theatre.


Angela Fenoglio Tift

Costumer

This is Anna's first Fringe show, second show with Bryan Bevell, and third show as a costumer. She works at the Guthrie Theater in several capacities including Costume Rentals and is the costume coordinator for Maggie's Farm Theater in St. Louis Park.


Christopher J. Mogel

Associate Producer/Digital Media Coordinator

This is Christopher's 4th Fringe Production, having worked previously with Shadow Horse Theater and Wolfpack Productions. He is a freelance photographer and graphic designer, having recently worked with Undertow Theater Collective, Theatre du Monde, and the Phoenix Theater.

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It Can't Happen Here: A Benefit for ACLU.  (All profits from ticket stales will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.)  

Photo Credit: Kari Elizabeth Godfrey


The Federal Theatre Project's 1936 stage adaptation of the novel by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffitt, adapted for the Minnesota Fringe Festival by Kit Bix. Based on Sinclair Lewis' classic political novel depicting the rise of a populist demagogue to the American presidency, this unsettling play looks at how a small-town newspaper editor and his community cope with the loss of their freedom. Featuring Charles Numrich as Doremus Jessup and Meagan Kedrowski as "Buzz" Windrip and a stellar cast of 17 actors both new and familiar to Twin Cities audiences.  Directed by Bryan Bevell. Produced by Kit Bix. All profits are donated to ACLU-MN. 


Synopsis.


Throwback to 1936 - if you dare! The Depression has been relentless, fascism has erupted all over Europe, and America elects a brazen con- man for President. President Buzz Windrip and his thugs install a heartless, authoritarian regime that successively strips the people of their basic freedoms and Constitutional rights. That's the nightmarish vision of this Fringe-sized adaptation of the Federal Theatre Project's dramatization of Lewis' great, mid-20th century dystopian novel.


"Buzz" Windrip (Meagan Kedrowski), a crude, blustering, "tell it like it is" guy shockingly defeats FDR by making impossible promises of sudden windfalls and general prosperity. President Windrip sinks the country into a seething pool of vigilante poilce gangs and prison camps. With the assistance of his two heartless thugs, Commissioner Swan (Stephen Houtz) and Leo Sarenson (Jim Ahrens), he stifles civil dissent by jailing or murdering those who resist.  Soon Windrip hands over military and judicial powers to untrained henchmen and ramps up for war with Mexico. Chaos lands quickly in the heart of a small, hitherto peaceful, Vermont town, forcing everyone to choose between apathy and resistance. It falls to Doremus Jessup (Charles Numrich), long-time editor of the Fort Beulah Informer, to model courageous dissent, risking all that he has and holds dear to defend the freedoms that he and his fellow citizens have always taken for granted. Could it happen here? That was the question that drew thousands of Americans to the 22 theaters across America who simultaneously performed the play that helped put the Federal Theater Project on the map.


When you're fringing this year enjoy a rare opportunity to familiarize yourself with this historically significant - and startlingly relevant - story by Minnesotan Sinclair Lewis, the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. Produced by Kit Bix and staged by acclaimed director Bryan Bevell.  MinnPost's Pamela Espeland writes, "This show already stands out" and "could turn out to be very hot Fringe ticket."


From MinnPost's Artscape, by Pamela Espeland. We’ll be writing more about the Fringe soon. But this show already stands out: “It Can’t Happen Here: A Benefit Production for ACLU” at the Ritz Studio Theatre. This will be an abbreviated version of the Federal Theater Project’s 1936 adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ dystopian political novel – the one the New York Times called “the classic novel that predicted Trump.” Like George Orwell’s “1984,” it became a best-seller in the wake of the presidential election. This could turn out to be a very hot Fringe ticket. Profits from the whole run – all five shows – will go to the ACLU. Everyone will work for free." 


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