Someone You Know
A New Musical by Lindsay Bartlette Allen and Rachel Page
Music by Rachel Page
What is Someone You Know?
Someone You Know is a new contemporary musical that is based on true events following the lives of two women, Lindsay and Abbi, who survive sexual assault and rape. The ripple effect of this event not only influences their own individual stories but also the lives of all those around them. Although the two women do not know each other, they share similar experiences, illustrating that we often suffer in silence alone next to someone you know. Someone You Know is written by Lindsay Bartlette Allen and Rachel Page with music composed by Rachel Page.
Someone You Know (formerly billed as “Survivor Story: A Workshop”) has been successfully workshopped in Chicago and Barcelona, with multiple readings and concerts in Los Angeles, Chicago and small town Illinois.
Someone You Know is currently being submitted to theatres and festivals. If you or someone you know might be interested in partnering with Rachel and Lindsay's company, moxie productions, you can contact Rachel here.
Why we wrote Someone You Know
According to RAINN’s 2022 statistics- in every 68 seconds that passes, another American is sexually assaulted, but only 25 out of every 1,000 perpetrators are sentenced to time in prison. 1 out of every 6 American women has experienced an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime, and 90% of survivors of rape are female.
Rachel and Lindsay started this project in August 2016, after Lindsay had created a straight documentary theatre piece consisting of monologues from survivors. Lindsay is a sexual assault survivor herself and was having difficulty telling her story in a way that was meaningful yet safe and accessible for all types of audiences. Rachel suggested writing a musical, and Someone You Know started to take shape.
Although Rachel and Lindsay have gotten pushback about presenting this material through the eyes of a musical, they believe it is the perfect medium in which to tell their story. Music is the universal language. It makes difficult stories easier to bear and it creates empathy and hope in dark moments. Music connects people regardless of race, gender, culture and socio-economic status. The overwhelmingly positive responses from audiences in Spain and the United States has solidified this belief.
Although Lindsay is a sexual assault survivor, Rachel is not. This is also a key theme in Someone You Know. Rachel's perspective emphasizes that sexual assault and rape is not just the survivor’s problem. We as a society are affected by trauma that isn’t necessarily our own, but often we don’t have the tools to deal with it. Although we mean well, we don’t know what to say or how to help. In the fear of doing the wrong thing, we do nothing. Rachel and Lindsay fervently believe Someone You Know can change the narrative around sexual assault and rape by giving language to those who need it.
While Rachel and Lindsay can't wait bring their musical to more communities and bigger audiences, spreading inspiration, hope, and human connection to all those who need it, they are grateful for the opportunity to share their work with even just one more person. After all, we all need a little humanity and hope.
If this message resonates with you, please contact Rachel to get involved.