[Theaterfacultystaff] FW: It Can't Happen Here

Condee, William condee at ohio.edu
Sun Dec 11 20:08:24 EST 2016

As this continues to burn up the listserv…


William F. Condee
J. Richard Hamilton/Baker & Hostetler Professor of Humanities
Professor of Theater
School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University
31 S. Court St, #061

From: Beth Osborne <bethosborne at gmail.com>
Reply-To: Beth Osborne <bethosborne at gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 7:40 PM
To: Lorraine Wochna <wochna at ohio.edu>
Cc: "Saddik, Annette" <ASaddik at gc.cuny.edu>, Carol Martin <cm7 at nyu.edu>, "astr-l at lists.illinois.edu" <astr-l at lists.illinois.edu>
Subject: Re: It Can't Happen Here

Good evening —

I’m thrilled to see so much conversation about the Federal Theatre Project and It Can’t Happen Here. It’s an eerily prescient play at the moment and is well worth the attention.

For those interested in reading the Berkeley Rep adaptation, they uploaded a copy to Dropbox along with their invitation to be a part of the nation-wide reading they were working toward in October. The version is dated 9/30/16 and is definitely adapted for a reading. Here’s a link to the file: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ousft81ewhsklxs/AAA3I18yiQubd27L5r4nzD_3a?dl=0&preview=IT+CAN’T+HAPPEN+HERE+staged+reading+script+9.30.16.pdf<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.dropbox.com_sh_ousft81ewhsklxs_AAA3I18yiQubd27L5r4nzD-5F3a-3Fdl-3D0-26preview-3DIT-2BCAN-25E2-2580-2599T-2BHAPPEN-2BHERE-2Bstaged-2Breading-2Bscript-2B9.30.16.pdf&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=rQPSMXMhP_i8Z29C0_LdyhLwjjSqX9j__qRLRmUsH2I&m=SkeO3hiyGxdBANAZ8QB-TJocLQ1nmTgoVVT6nE_VmYg&s=y-NGPnFdEOdULBw8xYprTN5c9pwNfisJZvDs6DyGwes&e=>

Here’s Berkeley Rep’s invitation to participate: http://newdeallegacy.org/tag/federal-theatre-project/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__newdeallegacy.org_tag_federal-2Dtheatre-2Dproject_&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=rQPSMXMhP_i8Z29C0_LdyhLwjjSqX9j__qRLRmUsH2I&m=SkeO3hiyGxdBANAZ8QB-TJocLQ1nmTgoVVT6nE_VmYg&s=jmSLW-9ZFIOVT480o0wFDS204gZ57FcBz0bLUd-M8UM&e=>  This will link to the Dropbox file if the link above gives you trouble, and has contact information for a conversation about rights.

George Mason University Special Collections used to have a copy of the 1936 script online. It looks like they’ve changed their website since the last time I accessed it there and all the links to the download seem to be broken now. If folks want to contact me off-list, I’m happy to share the download from a year or so ago.


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On Dec 11, 2016, at 2:29 PM, Wochna, Lorraine <wochna at ohio.edu<mailto:wochna at ohio.edu>> wrote:

Hi all,
We are having great conversations here at OU.  I work with theater company, Brick Monkey and we are trying to get a reading of the play in February/March.  I was researching for a friend and found some copies around the state.

I've got access to the 1938 Federal Theater, DPS copy.

In Ohio we have copies to borrow for OhioLINK members or ILL
http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/record=b11912299~S0<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__olc1.ohiolink.edu_record-3Db11912299-7ES0&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=rQPSMXMhP_i8Z29C0_LdyhLwjjSqX9j__qRLRmUsH2I&m=SkeO3hiyGxdBANAZ8QB-TJocLQ1nmTgoVVT6nE_VmYg&s=WC-v12IXbs7_vLpUFp9hFHvxq5A0j6zC70B1eUOr6Eg&e=>  DPS, 1936
http://olc1.ohiolink.edu/record=b10591966~S0<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__olc1.ohiolink.edu_record-3Db10591966-7ES0&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=rQPSMXMhP_i8Z29C0_LdyhLwjjSqX9j__qRLRmUsH2I&m=SkeO3hiyGxdBANAZ8QB-TJocLQ1nmTgoVVT6nE_VmYg&s=bMVI2-hE5T4hBrGrnsI_UZCOC5lU1MgfGVfttdQRPUo&e=> - Federal Theatre Project script 1936

The novel is online:  http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301001h.html<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__gutenberg.net.au_ebooks03_0301001h.html&d=DQMFaQ&c=8hUWFZcy2Z-Za5rBPlktOQ&r=rQPSMXMhP_i8Z29C0_LdyhLwjjSqX9j__qRLRmUsH2I&m=SkeO3hiyGxdBANAZ8QB-TJocLQ1nmTgoVVT6nE_VmYg&s=Ge6knK3GKOfBZ-acf2_K7C0ExfT9DtFQ15N8tkiv2-8&e=>
OCLC record:  4766491 to request copy.

Some folks have mentioned getting permission to use Berkeley Rep translation as well.  I am continuing to investigate and get permissions.

Lorraine wochna
Ohio U
Librarian for Performing Arts

-----Original Message-----
From: Saddik, Annette [mailto:ASaddik at gc.cuny.edu]
Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2016 2:02 PM
To: Carol Martin <cm7 at nyu.edu<mailto:cm7 at nyu.edu>>; astr-l at lists.illinois.edu<mailto:astr-l at lists.illinois.edu>
Subject: RE: It Can't Happen Here

I would very much like to read this as well.  I've had trouble finding any copy at all.  Is there a version that is widely available?

Annette J. Saddik, Ph.D.
City University of New York
CUNY Graduate Program in Theatre and
NYCCT Dept of English
From: Carol Martin [cm7 at nyu.edu<mailto:cm7 at nyu.edu>]
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2016 12:24 PM
To: astr-l at lists.illinois.edu<mailto:astr-l at lists.illinois.edu>
Subject: Re: It Can't Happen Here

I would also like copies.
Carol Martin
On 12/9/2016 12:13 PM, Robert Schneider wrote:
I would also very much like to read it.

Robert Schneider
Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Northern Illinois University

From: Mary Jo Lodge [mailto:lodgem at lafayette.edu]
Sent: Friday, December 09, 2016 10:52 AM
To: Gregory Moss
Cc: Lewis, Vicki; Norman Schroder; Jay Ball; Theatre History Discussion List - Amer. Soc. for Theatre Research
Subject: Re: It Can't Happen Here

I'd be interested in seeing that version too - we're interested in doing it at my institution next year.

Mary Jo Lodge
Lafayette College

On Dec 9, 2016, at 11:46 AM, Gregory Moss <greg.moss at gmail.com<mailto:greg.moss at gmail.com><mailto:greg.moss at gmail.com>> wrote:

Is the Berkeley Rep adaptation available for sharing?

Gregory S Moss
Head, MFA in Dramatic Writing
Asst Professor, Theatre and Dance
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

On Dec 9, 2016, at 8:02 AM, Lewis, Vicki <Victoria_Lewis at redlands.edu<mailto:Victoria_Lewis at redlands.edu><mailto:Victoria_Lewis at redlands.edu>> wrote:

We too had a reading using the Berkeley Rep adaptation.  It was a success using students, faculty and guests.  Then the next morning James Comey unleashed his "November " surprise.

Victoria Lewis, PhD
Professor, Theatre Arts Department Chair University of Redlands
1200 E Colton Avenue
Redlands, CA 92373
Victoria_lewis at redlands.edu<mailto:Victoria_lewis at redlands.edu><mailto:Victoria_lewis at redlands.edu>

From: Norman Schroder [mailto:schrnorm at isu.edu]
Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 1:31 PM
To: Jay Ball
Cc: Theatre History Discussion List - Amer. Soc. for Theatre Research
Subject: Re: It Can't Happen Here

We're not, but it's certainly an appropriate choice.  Didn't the Federal Theatre Project do a number of productions?

On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Jay Ball <ageeball at gmail.com<mailto:ageeball at gmail.com><mailto:ageeball at gmail.com>> wrote:

Dear Colleagues:

Just out of curiosity, are any of your departments thinking about staging the Federal Theatre Project's adaptation of It Can't Happen Here next season?


Dr. Norm Schroder, Chair
Department of Theatre and Dance
Idaho State University

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