Erin Blasko | March 28, 2020
Out, damned virus! Out, I say!
Members of the Robinson Shakespeare Company, the award-winning youth Shakespeare company at the University of Notre Dame, are using the bard to both practice and spread the word about handwashing and its importance during the covid-19 crisis.
Health experts have promoted hand washing as an effective way to prevent the spread of covid-19, with 20 seconds the recommended length of time to kill the virus.
To pass that 20 seconds, some have recommended singing “Happy Birthday” (twice) or other tunes. An app will even suggest celebrities for people to sing happy birthday to.
But members of the Robinson Shakespeare Company, part of the Robinson Community Learning Center at Notre Dame, have adopted a different method: Reciting monologues from the bard’s many famous plays and sonnets.
The members, ranging in age from 8 to 18, record videos of themselves washing their hands while reciting monologues of at least 20 seconds in length, then invite others to do the same with the hashtag #ShakespeareChallenge.
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