John Goodman’s Generous Donation Saves the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis
John Goodman, the well-known actor, recently made a significant donation to the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Although the exact amount has not been disclosed, it is said to be in the five-figure range. This generous contribution has helped the nonprofit theater immensely, as it was facing a dire financial situation just two months ago.
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, located in Webster Groves, announced a budget shortfall of $2.5 million and had to cancel two productions. There were concerns that the theater might not be able to finish its season. However, thanks to Goodman’s donation and the support of the local community, things are starting to look up.
The Rep’s managing director, Danny Williams, expressed his gratitude for Goodman’s contribution, saying, “On top of actually coming in to St. Louis to do the benefit, he actually made a financial contribution to our efforts, which is really, really wonderful.” Williams also mentioned that the benefit event, Rally for the Rep, was a huge success, with almost 700 people in attendance and over $150,000 raised.
In addition to Goodman’s donation, the Rep has received overwhelming support from its board of directors, individual donors, and theatergoers who have purchased tickets or subscriptions. Williams also encourages anyone who is considering making a year-end donation to support their local theater to consider donating to the Rep.
So far, the Rep has raised nearly $2 million, which is a significant amount, but still short of their initial goal. Williams is hopeful that they will reach their goal by the end of the year or shortly after, so they can continue with their planned season. He says, “Being close to $2 million gets us almost there,” but acknowledges that getting people’s attention during this time of year can be challenging.
If the Rep does not reach its goal, they may have to make some adjustments to their season, such as trimming it or moving a show to the following year. However, Williams assures that the theater is not in danger of shutting down. He says, “It’s not like if we don’t have $2.5 million in the bank by the stroke of midnight [on December 31] we’re closing our doors for forever. It’s not that dire, but the campaign was to really ensure that we could finish the end of our season.”
The Rep is also in the process of hiring a new artistic director to replace Hana Sharif, who left for a position at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. Williams hopes to have a list of finalists by January. Regardless of the outcome, the Rep is determined to continue providing quality theater to the St. Louis community.