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Theatre Arts Stages "It Can't Happen Here"

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Also see: Theatre Productions: It Can't Happen Here


Foothill College Theatre Arts Department's latest production, It Can’t Happen Here, runs Nov. 2-19 in the Lohman Theatre. This new play, directed by theatre instructor Bruce McLeod, is based on Sinclair Lewis’ eerily prescient 1935 novel. Buy tickets online 

A populist candidate, promising to return the country to greatness, becomes president of the United States, and then all hell breaks loose. A cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy in the land of liberty, It Can't Happen Here follows a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who witnesses the rise of an unlikely candidate to the Presidency, but trusts the system will fix itself—until he ends up in a prison camp. Sinclair Lewis’ novel examines what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can coalesce and resist.  

Director Bruce McLeod joined the Foothill College Theatre Arts department in 2007, in time for the opening of the Lohman Theatre. He is responsible for the Theatre Technology Program and serves as the department's Production Manager and Technical Director, teaching courses in technical stage work, theatre appreciation, and others. He has worked professionally at several theatres. At Foothill he has directed Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, as well as a critically- acclaimed revival of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, and last year’s lauded production of Our Town. 

This production of It Can’t Happen Here will feature costume designs by Chiara Cola, with set designs by Lynn Grant, lighting design by Dan Wadleigh, property design by Pam Sample, and sound design by Max Stanylov.

WHEN: November 2 – 19, 2017 (press opening: Saturday, November 4)

  • Thursdays 7:30 p.m.
  • Fridays & Saturdays 8 p.m.
  • Sundays 2 p.m. 

WHERE: Lohman Theatre at Foothill College 

TICKETS: $10- $20. Buy online at or call 650.949.7360 Discounts for students/seniors/Foothill staff/groups 

Lot 8 located next to theatre. Visitors must purchase a $3 parking pass either online in advance or at the time of parking. 


Doremus Jessup: Vic Prosak

Buzz Windrip: Thomas Times

Emma Jesseup: Gwendolyne Wagner

Lorinda: Carla Befera

Supporting characters: Henri Boulanger, Daniel Cardenas, John Castillo, Seton Chiang, Kyle Dayrit, Jorge Diaz, Abbey Eklund, Autumn Gonzalez, Jacob Gunter, Richard Horner, Bianca Marconcini, Emma Sazio, Alexis Standridge, Austin Valliani, and Daniel Warburton