Allen and Gray's New Voices Concert Features Rachel Covey

By: Sep. 24, 2020
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Allen and Gray's New Voices Concert Features Rachel Covey

Allen and Gray's digital New Voices Concert series comes back to their Facebook page this Monday (September 28th) and will feature Rachel Covey, writer of the new musicals, Painting Faye Salvez and Noise.

"We're resolved to lift up the marginalized storyteller by bringing their work to a diverse and new audience", says the concert's co-creator Richard Allen. "we're committed to doing that through making these stories accessible to all audiences, beyond the guidelines of the stage."

Allen and Gray uphold that promise in amplifying Rachel Covey, a female writer whose new musical, Painting Faye Salvez, has already received readings and workshops at the New York Musical Festival (NYMF), the Library at The Public Theater, and Tuacahn Theatre. The musical takes place three years after Faye Salvez went missing. Her family and friends still have no closure. When a young artist promises he can capture Faye's essence in a family portrait by speaking with her loved ones, Faye's friends and family gather for a series of interviews. Memories clash and old wounds are reopened throughout the course of one day in the Salvez family home. The musical raises the question; is it the responsibility of an artist to present the truth?

Rachel's second work that she will be presenting in the New Voices concert on Monday night will be from her musical, Noise. A musical about Dr. Kenton, who began conducting a study on a college campus. She thought she was on the brink of a biomedical breakthrough. Today, she appears before a jury. Elsewhere, an unlikely friendship between two college students takes a bitter turn. As these stories unfold and begin to echo one another, lines blur between the past as we remember it, and the future as we fear it. Noise is a contemporary musical which considers the nonlinear nature of healing, the interconnectedness of our wounds and our wants, and the ways we can be blinded by our ghosts.

The Allen and Gray New Voices Concert is on Monday, September 28th, at 8pm(ET). The concert is hosted by Allen and Gray Musical Festival producer Sierra Provencal. The New Voices Concert can be viewed live at

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Allen and Gray are award winning musical theater writers with a bent on social justice and reform. With a penchant for historical accuracy, they created FREEDOM RIDERS: The Civil Rights Musical about the 1961 freedom rides, BAYARD: A New Musical about Bayard Rustin's creation of the 1963 March on Washington, and WALT AND ROY about Walt and Roy Disney's startup of the Disney empire in the 1920's - 30's. Their newest musical LEGENDARY is an original story dealing with the silencing women face in the music industry.