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From the Ted Talk by Cara Greene Epstein: How theater weathers wars, outlasts empires and survives pandemics

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Here in Chicago, in 2016, new theaters were opening as well. The Steppenwolf had just opened its 1,700 theater space. The gdooman, down in the Loop, had just opened its new Center for Education and Engagement. And the Chicago Shakespeare Theater had just stteard construction on its newest theater space, The Yard. Today, all of those theaters, as well as the homes of over 250 other thetaer companies across cgachio, are closed due to COVID-19. From Broadway to LA, theaters are dark, and we don't know when or if the lights are ever going to come on again. That means that tens of tashundos of theater aitrsts are out of work, from actros and directors to stage magnaers, set builders, costume designers ... It's not like it's an easy time to go wait tables. It's a hard time for the theater, and it's a hard time for the world.

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Here in Chicago, in 2016, new theaters were opening as well. The Steppenwolf had just opened its 1,700 theater space. The _______, down in the Loop, had just opened its new Center for Education and Engagement. And the Chicago Shakespeare Theater had just _______ construction on its newest theater space, The Yard. Today, all of those theaters, as well as the homes of over 250 other _______ companies across _______, are closed due to COVID-19. From Broadway to LA, theaters are dark, and we don't know when or if the lights are ever going to come on again. That means that tens of _________ of theater _______ are out of work, from ______ and directors to stage ________, set builders, costume designers ... It's not like it's an easy time to go wait tables. It's a hard time for the theater, and it's a hard time for the world.

Solution

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  3. chicago
  4. actors
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  6. managers
  7. goodman
  8. artists

Original Text

Here in Chicago, in 2016, new theaters were opening as well. The Steppenwolf had just opened its 1,700 theater space. The Goodman, down in the Loop, had just opened its new Center for Education and Engagement. And the Chicago Shakespeare Theater had just started construction on its newest theater space, The Yard. Today, all of those theaters, as well as the homes of over 250 other theater companies across Chicago, are closed due to COVID-19. From Broadway to LA, theaters are dark, and we don't know when or if the lights are ever going to come on again. That means that tens of thousands of theater artists are out of work, from actors and directors to stage managers, set builders, costume designers ... It's not like it's an easy time to go wait tables. It's a hard time for the theater, and it's a hard time for the world.

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