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Cincinnati Shakespeare Co. artists adjust in pandemic to stay active

Posted at 5:43 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 10:24:03-04

CINCINNATI — Taking a line from the Bard himself, when the pandemic hit, the artists with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company decided to turn the whole world into their stage.

The theater company's costume designers and set builders have started providing their services to the community little by little.

First, they made about 1,800 face masks, which raised them about $25,000. Now, they are launching Shakes Makes, a program which offers things like clothing alterations, carpentry and other projects to the public.

Abbi Howson, production manager of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, said reusable items are among the most requested products.

"The most popular things we've been asked for are the reusable towels to lessen paper waste, so we're doing reusable towels, cloth napkins and tote bags," Howson said.

The program has a list of suggested products and services, but they also offer custom pieces. They are also offering Halloween costumes, and it's never too early to get started on Christmas shopping.