James Goodrich and his husband, Jason Kramer, both 44, moved to Talent, Ore., almost two years ago to work in the costume department of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Together for 17 years and married for six, they lost their jobs in April when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered theaters and live performances.

The loss was like a terrible breakup, Jason said. Uncertain about the future, the couple tried to cling to normalcy by making a daily schedule — Jason, who likes to go food shopping, was the only person who left the house.

“The pandemic made us more resilient,” Jason said. “We realized we had each other and needed to rely on ourselves, which was really kind of daunting.”

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