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Foothill's 'It Can't Happen Here' enters 2nd week at Lohman Theatre

Foothill Theatre Arts’ adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’ classic novel “It Can’t Happen Here” opened last week and is scheduled to run through Nov. 19 in the Lohman Theatre at Foothill College, 12345 S. El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills.

The dark satire follows newspaper editor Doremus Jessup’s perspective on the election of an unlikely candidate to the presidency and the response of a citizenry when the system does not fix itself and instead spirals into chaos.

Lewis adapted his novel into a play in 1935 during the rise of fascism. Although it initially opened in only approximately 20 theaters, it ran for 260 weeks.

For its 80th anniversary last year, 50 organizations across 24 states staged free, public readings of this new adaptation by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen.

Bruce McLeod, Foothill Theatre Arts’ production manager and technical director, directs. The cast includes Vic Prosak as Jessup, Thomas Times as the presidential candidate, Gwendolyne Wagner as Jessup’s wife and Carla Befera as Jessup’s fellow activist.

Performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $10-$20. Parking is $3; Lot 8 provides the easiest access to the theater.

For tickets and more information, call 949-7360 or visit

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