We always love sharing exciting theatre news—and this one is certainly remarkable!
A former monk and also actor, Roy Cockrum, recently won $153 million in the Powerball lottery! With this money, he created a pension fund for himself and is vowing “to work very hard to make sure that every single penny of this prize is a blessing to whoever it touches.”
His first move was to fund a play at the wonderful Goodman Theatre in Chicago. This play, “2666”, was based on the same style of production of a play Cockrum saw years ago in London. At the time he “made a mental note that if I ever got some dough, I would do what I could to support nonprofit theaters being able to do that level of production.”
What a marvelous way to give back to the community—by helping to support the oldest and largest not-for-profit theatre! The Goodman is committed to “dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in [Chicago].”
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