Still unemployed due to closure in theater industry in NYC

Hilda García spends a lot of her free time repairing her apartment.

“Yes, because there isn’t much to do and you don’t want to think about what you can’t do. If you entertain yourself doing something or do something to make yourself feel better. And so you’ve done something with your day and your time, that’s fine. “, Garcia details.

Hilda or Suly as her friends know her, had been working in Broadway theaters for almost 40 years but did it behind the scenes.

She was widowed in 2013. She has two children but they are grown up and moved away.

Suly worked on the play The Lion King as a costume assistant. So he dressed the artists so that they would come quickly to the stage.

The costume designer herself describes her theatrical work: “We prepare and we have a moment to prepare them so that they can enter and continue, without people noticing that they were late or that something has happened. If something does not work everything is delayed” .

Suly last worked in March. She recently learned that the Broadway theater closings will run through May 30, 2021. This has left her and 97,000 other theater employees in limbo.

With all this, Suly is not thinking about retirement: “I believe, if God is ahead … I believe that I will return to work even if part time or when there is something special. “

In the meantime, this wardrobe designer is supporting herself with the help of unemployment insurance, social security, and her savings.

His plans were to retire in about three years. But that option is no longer viable: “I have to do something because if not, it won’t work. I have to do something,” García concludes.

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