Current Open Auditions — Aug. 27-28


It Can't Happen Here

By Sinclair Lewis
Adapted for the stage by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen

Directed by Bruce McLeod
Produced by Foothill Theatre Arts

Audition Dates and Times:

Sunday, August 27 or Monday, August 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
No appontment necessary.


Foothill College Campus
I-280 & El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills

Park in one-hour visitor parking in Lot 8

Call Backs:

Tuesday, September 5, 7:00-10:00pm, Lohman Theatre

Performances Dates:

November 3 – November 20, 2017

Rehearsal Info:

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, September 27.
Most rehearsals Sunday through Thursday evenings until October 21.
Full rehearsal schedule available at auditions

What to Prepare:

Two-minute contemporary comic or dramatic monologues.
Cold readings from script available
Please bring a headshot or recent photo and resume.


Seeking a multi-ethnic cast of 20-25 men and women; all ages
Auditions are open to all students and community members.
Non-AEA; No pay:

Casting Notes:

Although the play is set in a small Vermont town in 1936, the production and the cast will reflect a more diverse population. It will feature a multi-ethnic cast and seek to express the values of a world inhabited by people of all races, religions, and sexual orientations.


This is an ensemble play with all actors playing multiple parts.

Major characters include:

  • Doremus Jessup; M 40-50, the liberal democratic editor of the local newspaper
  • Emma Jessup; F 40-50, his wife
  • Sissy Jessup, Philip Jessup, and Mary Jessup Greenhill; M/F 20’s, their children
  • Lorinda Pike, F 40-50, local bar owner and liberal activist
  • Berzilius “Buzz” Windrip; M/F 40-50, charismatic, populist Senator, later President
  • Shad Ledue; M/F 30-60, Doremus’ hired worker
  • Effington Swan; M/F 30+, military judge
  • Townspeople, politicians, Minute Men, , 10-15 M/F, 20-60 ethnically diverse as noted above, gender designations in the script are fluid.

The Play:

In 1935, with Huey Long using a populist message to gain popularity and power in Louisiana and threatening to challenge Roosevelt for the Democratic Party nomination, Sinclair Lewis worte It Can’t Happen Here. The premise that our Democracy could succumb to the promises and rhetoric of a populist politician and end up a Fascist state made the book an immediate best seller. A year later it was adapted for the stage. This new adaptation, premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre during last year’s Presidential campaign, continues to remind us that “demagogues fluorish when thinking members of a society fail to rise up and act collevtively.” (San Francisco Chronicle, 2016)

Location and Parking at Auditions:

The Lohman Theatre is located to the left of the entrance fountain as part of the Lower Campus Complex.
There are a limited number of free, one hour spaces in Lot 8 in front of the Lohman Theatre. We will do our best to keep you less than one hour. Cast will receive parking passes for the duration of the production.

If you have further questions, please email


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