The Unfortunates Band

The Unfortunates Band

Performing in the 2013 Green Show Tuesday, July 9, Thursday, August 29, and Tuesday, October 1.

This is their first season in the OSF Green Show.

Band from The Unfortunates with artists who wrote the musical.

The Unfortunates Band is: Jesse Baldwin, Jon Beavers, Mike Fitch, Casey Hurt, Ian Merrigan, Ramiz Monsef and Joe Porto.

Jesse Baldwin (Keyboards, Accordion, Guitar, Vocals, The Unfortunates)
Previous OSF credits: Seven seasons as a Lighting Technician and Green Show performer. Other theatres: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, American Conservatory Theater, TheatreWorks, San Francisco Opera, Oakland Opera, San Jose Opera, Smuin Ballet, others. Other credits: Multi-instrumentalist in the Country/Bluegrass group Hamfist and the indie folk group Kites & Crows. Education: BA in literature and theatre, Reed College.

Jon Beavers (Vocals and Playwright, The Unfortunates)
Jon Beavers is a California-based actor and songwriter. Other credits: Member of 3BlindMice and the hip-hop duo 6Brooks, whose music has been featured in numerous television programs, including NBC’s Parenthood. Also a member of the Alto Nido Arts Collective. Actor: EST West in Los Angeles, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Les Dechargeurs in Paris. TV: Malcolm in the Middle, Nickelodeon’s music education program, The Fresh Beat Band.

Mike Fitch (Drums, The Unfortunates)
In one season at OSF: Handler. Other credits: Drummer/Percussionist for numerous Jazz, Latin, Funk, and Rock music ensembles in the Southern Oregon area. OSF Green Show musician, 2004–2005. Artist and graphic designer. Education: BFA in fine art, Southern Oregon State College.

Casey Hurt (Playwright, Music Director, Guitar and Vocals,  The Unfortunates)
Casey is an indie-acoustic singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. Songwriter: He has made seven albums. His most recent, Mended Souls, debuted in the top 25 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. His music has been featured on many West Coast radio stations, including Seattle’s KEXP and Los Angeles’ KCRW. TV: His songs “Come to Me” and “Sunday Mornings” were featured on CW’s One Tree Hill; “I’ll Be Near” was featured on Necessary Roughness; “Favorite Sweater,” with the band Belles Bells, was featured on Jane By Design and as the closing credits for an indie film. His music has also been featured on Bar Karma and Current TV.

Producer: He has produced numerous bands up and down the West Coast, including 6Brooks, Adrianne Richards, Plum, Parker Ainsworth, Bella Boncat.

Performance: Performed with Tyrone Wells, Alex Boyé, Davey Faragher (played for Elvis Costello), Michael Urbano (played with Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt, Smashmouth).

Tours: Has toured all over the U.S. and Europe.

Ian Merrigan (Vocals and Playwright, The Unfortunates)
Other credits: New York: Soho Rep, Lincoln Center Institute, Sonnet Rep, Target Margin, IRT Theater.
Regional: Circle X (Los Angeles), Seattle Shakespeare Company. Music: Featured on NBC, Current TV, IFC, KCRW, Symphonics Live. Shared stages with The Roots, KRS-One, Saul Williams. Bands: 3BlindMice, 6Brooks, The Polite 16, Member of the Alto Nido Arts Collective. Education: BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts.

Ramiz Monsef (Vocals, The Unfortunates)
In five seasons at OSF: Acting: Paris, Patroclus and Ensemble in Troilus and Cressida; Nym, Jamy, French Soldier and Ensemble in Henry V; Black Swan Lab; Pompey in Measure for Measure; Longaville in Love’s Labor’s Lost; Fortinbras, Player/King and Ensemble in Hamlet; Arragon’s Attendant and Ensemble in The Merchant of Venice; Romeo and Juliet; Richard II; Wild Oats; Titus Andronicus; As You Like It.
Other theatres: New York: Eurydice (Second Stage Theatre), All That I Will Ever Be (New York Theatre Workshop), The Leopard and the Fox (Barrow Group), Betrayed (The Culture Project). Regional: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights, Eurydice (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); One Short Sleepe (The Humana Festival of New American Plays); the Steppenwolf production of The Time of Your Life (Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre); Guantanamo (The Studio Theatre); Eurydice (Yale Repertory Theatre).

Film/TV: Law & Order, The Watchlist (Comedy Central).

Other credits: Hip-hop consultant, The Pirates of Penzance. Ramiz is involved in the underground hip-hop community and performs with his group 3BlindMice.

Joseph Porto  (Bass and Vocals, The Unfortunates)
In 16 seasons at OSF: Scenic Carpenter, 1996–2007. Construction Supervisor, OSF scene shop:As You Like It (2012), Party People (2012), The White Snake (2012), The Pirates of Penzance (2011), She Loves Me (2010), Throne of Blood (2010), Well (2010), Henry VIII (2009), Macbeth(2009), The Servant of Two Masters (2009), Fences (2008), Othello (2008) and a dozen others. Other credits: Bassist for the local band Hamfist. Education: BA in theatre, Iowa State University.

The Unfortunates Band on Community: Our communities include the worlds of experimental musical theatre, hip-hop and spoken word, and the local theatrical community of OSF