PAINTING FAYE SALVEZ got its very first full reading at the Dalton School in NYC! I directed and music directed the project myself, with a beautiful cast featuring (in alphabetical order) Maxwell Doyle, Karen Luten, Nina Murano, Blake Pearson, Giancarlo Pinzon, Krithi Ram-Junnarkar, and Sophie Rogers.
PAINTING FAYE SALVEZ is a new musical about the family and friends of Faye Salvez, a teenage girl who’s been missing for three years. Faye’s mother, in a last attempt to save her crumbling marriage, has commissioned an artist to paint a family portrait. This artist — neurotic college grad Jonathan Nickels — specializes on painting people who aren’t present, and insists on interviewing Faye’s family and friends in an effort to truthfully capture her essence in the painting. The musical takes place over the course of one day, as three of Faye’s friends, her parents, and her grandmother gather for a series of interviews with Jonathan. While some fervently hold on to hope that Faye could be found, others — namely, her superstitious grandmother — fear that this hope is unhealthy. Tensions build and memories of Faye clash, until Jonathan is faced with the question: is it ultimately the responsibility of an artist to present the truth, even if it’s not what an audience wants to see?
Photos from the reading and rehearsal process below: