Stinney: An American Execution

January 12 at 5PM | January 13 at 3PM at Florence Gould Hall—French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

An involuntary symbol of sickening injustice, George Junius Stinney Jr. was executed at the age of 14. Having been wrongly accused and convicted of the rape and murder of two white girls in Alcolu, SC, in 1944, George became the youngest person legally executed in 20th-century America. Stinney tells the story of George, his family, his community, and the jury of ten white men that sent an innocent black boy to the electric chair. A new opera with roots in both gospel and electronic techniques, Stinney: An American Execution spotlights the anger and agony of the entire populous of Alcolu, connecting the dots to our own socio-political climate in 2019 and the pervasive “fear of the other.”


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Produced by The Stinney Opera Project


Harlem Stage will host a moderated panel discussion, Democratic Ideals and Racism: An Examination of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline, around the creative response of artists as they witness, experience and analyze the collective trauma of being Black in America. The discussion will feature members of the creative team of Stinney: An American Execution.


January 10 at 7:30pm
$10 | $5 with the purchase of a ticket to Stinney: An American Execution.
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Workshopped in Baltimore, MD at 2640 Space with the support of Peabody Conservatory and the 2014 Diversity Innovation Grant through Johns Hopkins University.


The development of Stinney and this workshop performance were supported, in part, by an OPERA America Opera Grants for Female Composers: Discovery Award, funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.


Stinney: An American Execution is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


2 hours with intermission | Artwork by William Roller

$25 with PROTO Pack
$60 Premium seats available through the Premium PROTO Pack as an automatic upgrade.

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Frances Pollock

Tia Price

Emma Weinstein

Jeremy O. Harris

Alexander Lloyd Blake