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It Can’t Happen Here • dramatic reading

  • Adobe Rose Theatre 1213 Parkway Drive, Suite B Santa Fe, NM, 87507 United States (map)

The New Mexico National New Deal Preservation Association, in partnership with the Adobe Rose Theatre, presents a dramatic reading of the Sinclair Lewis play, It Can’t Happen Here.

The semi-satirical 1936 play, adapted from the novel by Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffit, tells the shocking story of the United States in the iron grip of a native-born American dictator.

A reading that is just as relevant now as it was then in its action-motivating and critical political message following the 2016 American Presidential election outcome. We look forward to sharing this evening with you.

Read by Santa Fe notables, it’s a night of political satire you cannot miss!

IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE is a play by one of our most distinguished American Writers. It is about American life today, based on a passionate belief in American democracy. The play says that when dictatorship comes to threaten such a democracy, it comes in an apparently harmless guise, with parades and promises; but that when such dictatorship arrives, the promises are not kept and the parade grounds become encampments.
— Hallie Flanagan, Director of the WPA Federal Theatre Project in 1936

$15 general admission
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Tax-deductible benefit for the New Mexico New Deal Preservation Association

The National New Deal Preservation Assosication (NNDPA) is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization devoted to preserving the country’s New Deal legacy through the identification, documentation, preservation, and public education about the New Deal and its profound impact on Americans in the Great Depression—specifically through the visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures and environmental projects.

Delaney Covelli by email
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