It Can´t Happen Here

based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis
Premiere
September 20, 2017, Kammerspiele
Camill JammalDoremus Jessup, Journalist
Wiebke MollenhauerSissy Jessup / Julian, her fiancée
Felix GoeserBuzz Windrip
Michael GoldbergLee Sarason
Benjamin LillieOberst Haik
Matze PröllochsLive music (drums), Shad Ledue, the gardener
Doremus Jessup, Journalist
Sissy Jessup / Julian, her fiancée
Buzz Windrip
Lee Sarason
Oberst Haik
Live music (drums), Shad Ledue, the gardener
Exberliner
Daniel Mufson, 25.11.2017
Director Christopher Rüping has adapted the novel to evoke today’s demagoguery on both sides of the pond, mixing Trumpian riffs with references to European calls for guaranteed basic income. Felix Goeser fuels the production’s strong start with his front-facing, charismatic performance as a campaigning Windrip, but the energy subsides in scenes hewing closer to the novel’s plot in which Windrip’s Secretary of State seizes power only to be overthrown himself in a military putsch. Director Christopher Rüping has adapted the novel to evoke today’s demagoguery on both sides of the pond, mixing Trumpian riffs with references to European calls for guaranteed basic income. Felix Goeser fuels the production’s strong start with his front-facing, charismatic performance as a campaigning Windrip, but the energy subsides in scenes hewing closer to the novel’s plot in which Windrip’s Secretary of State seizes power only to be overthrown himself in a military putsch.

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