When you purchase a ticket for Lake Dillon Theatre's production of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" on Tuesday, you will also be helping to bring a little sunshine into the life of someone struggling with cancer and their family. Lake Dillon Theatre Company is donating all ticket proceeds that evening to benefit Domus Pacis Family Respite.
"The Sunshine Boys" was first produced on Broadway in 1972 and was made into a movie starring George Burns and Walter Matthau a few years later. It is the story of two old vaudevillians who worked together for 43 years and have been asked to come back together for a television special on the history of comedy. The trouble is, they can't stand each other. This comedy has been revived many times over the years, and you will now get to experience it at the Lake Dillon Theatre. The two main characters, Al Lewis and Willie Clark, are played by veteran Colorado actors Bob Moore and Jim Hunt.
Domus Pacis (Latin for "House of Peace") is a nonprofit organization based in Breckenridge that aims to make it possible for cancer patients and their families and friends to take a break from their day-to-day battle with the disease. Utilizing more than 90 donated homes, families are given a weeklong retreat in Summit County. The goal of Domus Pacis Family Respite is to help overcome the logistical hurdles involved to bring this about. The program also relies on the generosity of local businesses and a team of willing volunteers. The family respite program has grown exponentially from serving eight families in 2008 to providing more than 70 respites in 2012.