Cautionary Tale

Barnard Theater Group Tackles Sinclair Lewis’ Cautionary Tale Of Totalitarianism

Actors perform Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here.” In this scene, Vermont newspaper editor Doremus Jessup (Peter Mendes) confronts the president of the United States, Buzz Windrip (Daniel L. Patterson) through an editorial he reads aloud.

Remaining shows:

This weekend: June 22, & 23**  7pm

Sat 23rd show is at risk of being canceled due to bad weather.  Decision will be made on Friday.  Saturday ticket holders may attend any other show or obtain a refund.

Final Weekend: June 29 & 30  7pm,  July 1  4pm

Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Students

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**Shows will be canceled due to rain, but tickets from canceled show will be good at any other performance, at the June 24 rain date if it is activated, or a refund will be available.

Provided chairs will be placed for audience seating in the stage area, but picnicking on the farm is encourage before the show.  Fable Farm will have drinks for sale at Fri & Sat shows.

It Can’t Happen Here

A cautionary dark satire about the fragility of democracy and how fascism can take hold even in the land of liberty.

It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States after fomenting fear and promising drastic economic and social reforms while promoting a return to patriotism and “traditional” values. Witnessing the new president’s tyranny from the sidelines is a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who trusts the system will fix itself—until he ends up in a prison camp. Sinclair Lewis’ eerily prescient 1935 novel gets a fresh update in this adaptation that examines what brings a citizenry to the point of sacrificing its own freedom and how a courageous few can prevail to overcome the fall.