About this project
"Orpheus & Eurydice" is an original musical written by Andrew Hanley and Melissa Nally, with music by Andrew Hanley. The Philly Fringe production will feature Michael Kane Libonati as Orpheus and Tara McKiernan as Eurydice.
WHAT WE'RE DOING
A wedding that ends in tragedy. A musician with the talent to charm the gods. A love brought back from the underworld, and the one glance that destroys it all…
We're presenting a fresh and exciting musical adaptation of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It tells the tale of an undying love, the danger of tempting fate, and how just one moment can change everything. How far would you go to rescue the one you love? Mixing classic verse with modern language and original music, the play weaves together a picture of Orpheus and Eurydice that is achingly relatable. For a preview of the music, here's a YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHAcRH29Lv4
HOW THIS WORKS
Kickstarter works on an "all-or-nothing" basis, so either we make at least $2,000 or we don't get anything. We can also raise above our required amount, if we were to be so lucky.
HOW IT STARTED
The motivating force behind our work and our show both center around the importance of music – the power that it has to connect people, to move people, to tell a story, to invoke a memory. Everything that Orpheus faces he overcomes through music, and we choose to tell our story with music.
Our original commission when we started working with Five One Productions was to create a musical based on a Greek myth for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. We immediately gravitated towards Orpheus – who better to write a musical on than the legendary musician with the talent to charm gods? As we began to explore the story, we realized that there was a timeless love story to be told, with an unbelievably tragic ending. We knew the broad strokes of the story, but as we began filling in the holes we found ourselves using music as the motivator for many of the scenes: what brings Orpheus the singer and Eurydice the dancer together, what breaks down Persephone’s defenses, what appeals to the more human side of Charon.
WHO WE ARE
We are dedicated to presenting original musicals, something that we think is lacking in the theatre community as a whole. Of the fourteen musicals that opened on Broadway this season, only eight were original musicals; six of those eight are based on movies. We want to breathe fresh air into the art form, and create new works that appeal to today’s generation. Our production may be a classic love story, but the songs and feel of it are for today’s audience. We want the characters to talk the way that we talk, feel like real people, and make this ancient story come alive for people who may have read it once in high school.
As transplanted Philadelphians, we are excited to contribute to the vibrant Philadelphia theatre scene, and bring the work that we did for Edinburgh back to where it started. The show will be presented at the Asian Arts Initiative at 1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia on September 19, 21, and 22 at 8 p.m.
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