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Philly Fringe Vital Stats: Melissa Nally and Andrew Hanley

Posted August 3rd, 2012

Melissa Nally, 24, and Andrew Hanley, 23, of Green Elephant Theatre Co. premiered their musical adaptation of Orpheus & Eurydice at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Now they’re bringing the (brotherly) love to Philly Fringe, and not looking back; take note ill-fated (and now, melodious) Orpheus.

Orpheus & Eurydice is co-written by Andrew and Melissa, with music by Andrew.

Name: Melissa Nally and Andrew Hanley.

Show Title: Orpheus & Eurydice.

Explain your performance in 2 sentences. To an 8-year-old. Eurydice dies and then Orpheus gets her back and then she dies again. They sing songs about it.

Do you have children? If so, do you love them? Wishes are children.

What was your favorite toy as a kid?  Andrew: Talking Parrot. I asked for it six years in a row and only got in in 2nd grade. I wasn’t allowed to have a Furby.

Your refrigerator: condiments and beer, or real food? The worst pies in London.

What’s your favorite nickname for Philadelphia? Phillip.

What’s the worst piece of advice you ever received? Did you follow it? Mother said “Straight ahead, not to delay or be misled.” I should have heeded her advice.

What’s the most disgusting thing you’ve ever seen on SEPTA? Melissa: I saw poop on the floor once.

Orpheus & Eurydice runs September 19, 21 and 22 at 8:00 pm at Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Vine Street. $10.

–Audrey McGlinchy