This Sunday, "It Can’t Happen Here" will be live streamed from Cat's Cradle to the homes of audiences at 7 p.m.
"It Can’t Happen Here" is a 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis that was adapted into a play. The novel is a satirical look at the rise of a fascist dictator. Leslie Frost, a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the producer of the upcoming production, has adapted the play, and says it eerily echoes today.
The play reminds people that they have the opportunity to make a difference and the production wants to encourage civic engagement.
“The play is a love letter to democracy,” Frost said. “What 'It Can’t Happen Here' focuses on is the idea that what matters more than anything else is that we act to make a difference. When you see images of Americans waiting 12 hours in line to vote, a play that celebrates how meaningful democracy is matters.”
Jackson Seymore, an actor in the play and a UNC graduate, as well as a past UNC student actor, reiterated the importance of people watching the play now.