It has been six months since the Knight Theater in Charlotte closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Six months since Charlotte Ballet’s spring show was removed from the theater. Six months since Lorenzo Mack Jr., the theater’s in-house audio engineer, has been able to work consistently.

“This is the longest I’ve been out of the theater in the last nine years,” Mack said in a telephone interview on Sept. 4.

Mack, like nearly one million North Carolina workers out of work due to the pandemic, filed for unemployment benefits.

Most recently, he applied for a pandemic benefits program and for lost wages assistance, a new $300-per-week program created by President Donald Trump when Congress failed to extend a $600-per-week federal supplement which expired more than a month ago. It is paid out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through the states.

The federal supplement ended in July. Mack said

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