Joe Young

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MarShawn - Hunter College Opera

  • Hunter College - Black Box Theater (North Building 5th Floor) 695 Park Avenue New York, NY, 10065 United States (map)

Presented alongside 3 other world debuts, my opera MarShawn (a pocket opera in 7 scenes) will be performed with vocalists from the Hunter Opera Theater program and the Talea Ensemble as the ensemble.

This opera is based on the life of MarShawn McCarrel, a young political activist and talented poet from Columbus, Ohio. In his hometown of Columbus, he formed nonprofit organizations such as Pursuing Our Dreams, providing youth programming throughout the city, and Feed The Streets, a campaign that fed the homeless in and around his community. Active in the Black Lives Matter movement, he was a leader in community engagement and was awarded the NAACP Hometown Hero Award. MarShawn also suffered from depression and ultimately took his life on the steps of the Ohio State House on February 8, 2016.

MarShawn’s story is told through his own words. Using posts from Twitter and Facebook, along with his poetry and other quotes from news articles, we see the passion and courage of a talented young man who fought for justice and believed in the power of the people. 

music: Joe Young

libretto: Social media posts and poetry by MarShawn McCarrel; Social media commentary by McCarrel's social media community; Excerpts fromnews articles; with additional original text by Joe Young. All text compiled by Joe Young.

Earlier Event: April 28
Hair the musical
Later Event: May 6