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Yale Team Still Hopes To Bring Show To NY Fringe Fest After Writer’s Death

Marina Keegan (credit: "Independents")

Marina Keegan (credit: “Independents”)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork) - The show most go on, even after a tragedy. That’s the case for a team from Yale University, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

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Funeral services were held today for 22-year-old Marina Keegan. She was killed in a car crash near her Wayland, Massachusetts home on May 26.

Keegan had just graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and was set to start her job at the New Yorker this month.

At Yale, she had written and helped stage a folk rock musical called “Independents” and the remaining members of the creative team are trying to get it staged at the New York International Fringe Festival.

“‘Independents’ chronicles nine friends who live and work a Revolutionary reenactment ship that used to smuggle marijuana from Canada into the U.S.,” Keegan said in the Kickstarter video created for that purpose. “The show starts when their captain has disappeared and, because of financial pressures, they’re forced to historically reenact for real, despite having no idea what they’re doing.”

“Her life would have been incredible after this if she had if she had lived on because she’s had so much drive,” her friend Stephen Feigenbaum, who wrote the music for the show, told Schneidau. “So we’re all trying to sort of fill that gap now and doing the show is sort of one of the ways that we can kind of keep her spirit going on.”

You can contribute to the show’s production by donating on the Kickstarter page here. While there, you can also view a video with more of the creative team speaking about the musical.