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Theaters provide PPE to Connecticut Hospice

 April 13, 2020
Compilation picture of theater staff making, modeling & donating masks
Bottom right: PPE donations arrive at Connecticut Hospice

A new infusion of personal protective equipment is coming from scene shop carpenters, costume designers, prop managers and drapery wizards in New Haven and across the state, as many find themselves suddenly without work. Amidst season cancellations, show postponements, and massive layoffs, they’ve turned to what they do best—making magic to save lives, one accoutrement at a time.

In late March, the Yale School of Drama transformed its costume, scene, and prop shops into remote PPE hubs, through which employees have been churning out secondary masks and face shields from their homes.

A large number have already been delivered to Connecticut Hospice, which announced at the end of March that it would be taking non-COVID-19 patient overflow from hospitals that are overwhelmed.

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