On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 16 people aged 11 to 80-something met at Cooperstown Jr./Sr. High School to stage a reading of the play “It Can’t Happen Here,” based on Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel.
The reading was sponsored by the CCS STAND club and the Cooperstown Graduate Program. The play, written in the era of Hitler, Mussolini, and Huey Long, imagines what would happen if a demagogue beat FDR to become president of the United States.
The story follows a middle-class newspaper editor and his family and friends who are caught in the chaos of the new fascist regime. The Cooperstown reading was part of a national event sponsored by the Berkeley Repertory Theater in California, in which 50 other groups across the country staged the work in libraries, schools, and community theaters.