Even before Jens Rasmussen and Maria Aparo decided to spend their lives together, they shared several experiences. Both, for instance, have enjoyed long theatrical careers in New York, and both left the city during the coronavirus pandemic to care for a dying family member.
But sharing a 3,200-square-foot loft in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was completely unexpected.
They knew each other only remotely, having run in the same professional circles for more than a decade. When Ms. Aparo wrote on social media about the experience of caring for a grandmother with Parkinson’s disease, Mr. Rasmussen, who was temporarily living in Wisconsin to care for his ailing father, responded.
The two had several exchanges before Mr. Rasmussen decided to pick up the phone. “I finally said: ‘I’m going to reach out because I need to talk about it and you probably do, too. This is not a text conversation,’” he said.
Dobbs v. Jackson decision, which eliminated the constitutional right to an abortion, they created a yearlong writing residency for Jeanne Dorsey, a playwright working on a project about Martha Goddard, who created the modern-day rape kit. They have also given studio space to organizations focused on women’s reproductive rights.
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