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Sinclair Lewis'

It Can't Happen Here

Adapted by: Lewis and John C. Moffitt

Directed By: Grayson Ziegler

Due to possible rain, tonight's performance (5/11) has been moved to Trabant Lounge!
Friday, May 10 at 6:00pm
Saturday May 11 at 6:00pm
Sunday, May 12 at 2:00pm
Thursday, May 16 at 6:00pm
Friday, May 17 at 6:00pm
Saturday, May 18 at 6:00pm​​


Lawn of Old College Hall 

18 E Main St,

Newark, DE 19711


Free Performances 


Doremus Jessup -

Emma Jessup -

Philip Jessup -

Mary Jessup-Greenhill - 

Dr. Fowler Greenhill - 

Cecelia 'Sissy' Jessup - 

Julian Falck - 

Lorinda Pike - 

Oscar 'Shad' Ledue - 

James 'Buck' Titus - 

Karl Pascal - 

John Pollikop - 

Berzelius 'Buzz' Windrip - 

Effingham Swam - 

Herbert Y. Edgeways -

Bishop Prang - 

Lee Sarason - 

Adelaide Tarr-Gimmitch - 

Frank Tasbrough - 

R.C. Crowley - 

Jaime Johnson - 


Ensemble (as needed) 

Production Staff

Director - Grayson Ziegler

Production Manager - Jessica Selle 

Stage Manager - Jake Screen 

Technical Director - Jake Steltz 

Costumer - Anna Smith 

Properties Manager - Sydney Giusto 

Dramaturge - Maddie Breske 

Publicist - Jen Lohrius 

Hair Designer - Amanda Kovaleski 

Makeup Designer - Brianna Williams 


If you are interested joining our production staff,

let us know! 


It Can’t Happen Here is set in an alternate 1936, where President Roosevelt is primaried, and

loses the election to Democratic Senator ‘Buzz’ Windrip. Windrip has run on a staunch populist

platform, including nationalizing the banks and monopolies, putting a cap on wealth, investing in

war-time industries, and instituting a universal income of $5000 per person. However, his plan

comes with some caveats: all leftists, African-Americans, Jews, atheists, and women are barred

from working and voting, and he advocates removing the power of Congress to vote against the

President’s laws, claiming desperate times call for desperate measures.

The show revolves around Doremus Jessup, a local liberal reporter who lives with his wife and

three adult children in Fort Beulah, Vermont. Jessup is among the small group of Windrip

dissenters in Fort Beulah but dismisses Windrip’s campaign as unable to win. Nonetheless,

Windrip wins with the help of several endorsements and the dissatisfaction of the United States

with establishment politicians failing to end the Great Depression.

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