“A glorious, bluesy, mythical, uplifting paean to the power of music to stir the soul.” Mail Tribune, Ashland, Oregon A surreal musical voyage through a unique mix of American genres, The Unfortunates was a huge hit at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival last year. The darkly comic musical is based on an old blues song, "St. James Infirmary," and transports audiences to a world of memory and mythmaking in which courage is tested in magical ways. Big Joe, a stalwart, tough-talking soldier with oversized hands, journeys through a murky dream world in which he confronts a series of enemies and risks everything to save the armless courtesan Rae from a plague that has decimated all but a handful of survivors. The search for salvation is marked by the characters' willingness to make music in the face of loss. From a prison camp to a brush with the underworld, The Unfortunates is a musical fever dream that's as life-affirming as it is darkly imaginative.
Running time: 1 hour and 29 minutes, with no intermission
Created by: Jon Beavers, Kristoffer Diaz, Casey Hurt, Ian Merrigan, and Ramiz Monsef
Directed by: Shana Cooper
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