★★★★ (out of 4)
– Chicago Tribune

★★★★★ (out of 5)
– Time Out Chicago

Mar 29 - Apr 28, 2019 in Goodman's Owen Theatre

Around 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission

“Thrilling Chicago writer” (Chicago Tribune) Ike Holter concludes his acclaimed seven-play “Rightlynd Saga” by assembling his vibrant characters for a raucous theatrical bash. Long the matriarch of a quickly gentrifying neighborhood, Mallory invites the lonely residents, hardcore activists and starving artists of her block to what she hopes will go down as a legendary barbeque—thanks to a special surprise. But her mysterious plan to revitalize the community may be the very thing that tears it apart.

Centering on a fictitious Chicago ward, “The Rightlynd Saga” includes seven plays: Red RexRightlynd, Exit Strategy, Sender, Prowess, The Wolf at the End of the Block and his final work, Lottery Day.

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Critical Praise
Audience Response
  • Great show! A lot of fun, and very real. There's a lot going on here that we can all relate to. You'll enjoy it.

    Kenneth G. via Facebook

  • Lottery Day at the Goodman Theatre is wonderful. Smart. Nuanced. Complex. Soulful. In other words, #Chicago.

    Alia D. via Twitter

  • LOVED this show! So complex and yet so very simple, true and authentic! 

    Lois H. via Facebook

  • Terrific acting, set and producing.

    Susan A. via Facebook

  • It was amazing! Definitely different than expected! It's a must-see! 

    Diondai B. via Facebook

  • Ike Holter

    Ike Holter Playwright

  • Lili-Anne Brown

    Lili-Anne Brown Director

  • Aurora Adachi-Winter

    Aurora Adachi-Winter Tori

  • J. Nicole Brooks

    J. Nicole Brooks Mallory

  • Sydney Charles

    Sydney Charles Zora

  • McKenzie Chinn

    McKenzie Chinn Cassandra

  • Robert Cornelius

    Robert Cornelius Robinson

  • James Vincent Meredith

    James Vincent Meredith Avery

  • Tommy Rivera-Vega

    Tommy Rivera-Vega Ezekiel

  • Michele Vazquez

    Michele Vazquez Vivien

  • Tony Santiago

    Tony Santiago Nunley

  • Pat Whalen

    Pat Whalen Ricky

  • Arnel Sancianco

    Arnel Sancianco Set Design

  • Samantha C. Jones

    Samantha C. Jones Costume Design

  • Jason Lynch

    Jason Lynch Lighting Design

  • Andre Pluess

    Andre Pluess Sound Design

  • Adam Belcuore

    Adam Belcuore Casting

  • Kendra Miller

    Kendra Miller Dramaturg

  • Nikki Blue

    Nikki Blue Production Stage Manager

  • R&D Choreography

    R&D Choreography Fight Choreographers

Talks & Events
  • Drinks & Discussion Events

    Drinks & Discussion Events

    Throughout the run

    Enhance your theater-going experience with one of our Drinks & Discussion Series events! Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion and a complimentary glass of wine, or enjoy an Artist Encounter event.


Recommended Reads
  • Chicago Tribune

    Ike Holter's "Lottery Day" Hits the Jackpot—His Chicago Saga Ends in a Culture-Clash Party in a Near West Side Backyard

    From Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones

    "Playwright Ike Holter’s extraordinary Rightlynd saga — a multi-part dramatic odyssey that has taken a lucky few of us over a five-year stretch to the Jackalope Theatre, Victory Gardens, A Red Orchid, Teatro Vista, and Steep Theatre, all without ever leaving the joys and stresses of the same, fictional 51st Chicago ward — reached its thrilling end on Monday night at the Goodman Theatre."


  • Chicago Sun-Times

    Ike Holter Concludes Saga on a Winning Note with Mighty "Lottery Day"

    From Chicago Sun-Times's Catey Sullivan

    "The gentrification of Chicago’s fictitious 51st Ward has been an ongoing theme for Holter, who closes out his seven-play “Rightlynd Saga” with “Lottery Day’’ at the Goodman Theatre. But with his final installment in the series, Holter hits harder than in of his previous works."


  • Time Out Chicago

    Time Out Chicago Gives "Lottery Day" ★★★★★ (out of 5)

    From Time Out Chicago's Alex Huntsberger

    "The final play in Ike Holter’s seven-show Rightlynd Saga, Lottery Day is the rare team-up event that hits the jackpot. Pulling in characters from the previous plays—Exit Strategy, SenderProwessThe Wolf at the End of the BlockRightlynd and Red RexLottery Day builds on its predecessors with an eye toward tearing the whole complex to the ground."


  • Lili-Anne Brown and Ike Holter on Their Upcoming Collab at the Goodman, "Lottery Day"

    From Michigan Avenue's Hilary Brown

    "For playwright Ike Holter and director Lili-Anne Brown, it's as honest as it gets. That authenticity comes full circle on March 29 at the Goodman, as the power duo present their first world-premiere production, Lottery Day. The culminating chapter of Holter's seven-play series melds superhero saga with raw Chicago neighborhood grit, a modern-day noir set in the unlikely confines of a backyard barbecue in Chicago's mythical 51st ward ("The Avengers for theater," says Brown)."


  • Q & A with Playwright Ike Holter

    The Lottery Day playwright sits down with Regina Victor

    "Ike Holter sat down with Regina Victor in advance of the upcoming Lottery Day to discuss his incisive politics, storefront theater and how he perfects his lyrical language."


  • A Seven-Play Success: Ike Holter's "Rightlynd Saga"

    A look at the full "Rightlynd Saga"

    "One of the most significant literary achievements in modern-day Chicago” (Chicago Tribune)—Ike Holter’s seven-play “Rightlynd Saga”—is now complete. Courtesy of the playwright and dramaturg Kendra Miller, here is a look back at these remarkable works."



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Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Sunday, April 21
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

Reservations for the touch tour are available at check-out for no additional charge. For more information, please call the Box Office or email Access@GoodmanTheatre.org.

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Saturday, April 27 at 2pm

Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Sunday, April 28 at 2pm


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