RIFFS 2015


The New York International Fringe Festival
A The New Yorker Article
Published 08.14.2015
Digging The Big I
Oliver Trager conjures The Lord Footlights Style

Buckley Biographer Oliver Trager takes point as he brings forth the spirit of Richard "Lord" Buckley in the theatrical opus "Dig Infinity!", at the New York International Fringe Festival opening Thursday, August 20th at 4:45PM.

Not only does the goodly Prince T play Lord Buckley he also scribed and directed the riff like no tomorrow style. He is ably supported by composer John Kruth and a swingin' cast of hip thespians. Dig the roster:

Oliver Trager - Lord Buckley
Russell Jordan - Orpheus
Ridley Parson - God
John Kruth - Shadow
Boris Kinberg - Slick


"Dig Infinity!"
The New York International Fringe Festival
64E4 Mainstage / 64 E. 4th St NYC (bet. 2nd Ave. & Bowery)

Dates & Times
Thursday, August 20 - 4:45PM
Friday, August 21 - 9:30 PM
Sunday, August 23 - Noon
Tuesday, August 25 - 7 PM
Thursday, August 27 - 2 PM

And dig some of the prose that translates the above mentioned action movement into some jive semantic units:


"Dig Infinity!" is an immersive theatrical presentation celebrating and exploring the legacy of Lord Buckley.

"Dig Infinity!" received its first full productions at the 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity and garnered three of the fest’s top honors: Outstanding Production of an Adaptation, Outstanding Lead Actor (Oliver Trager) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Russell Jordan).

Lord Buckley (1906-1960) was a visionary American humorist, storyteller, porto-rapper and hipster saint best known for transforming Bible stories, Shakespeare soliloquies, myth, legend and history into one-of-a-kind beat monologues combining black street argot and the King’s English into a jazzy patois and worldview that anticipated psychedelia and rap by decades. “Jonah & The Whale,” “The Hip Gahn,” “Scrooge,” “Hipsters, Flipsters & Finger-Poppin’ Daddies,” and “The Nazz” are just a few of his hallmark monologues that are the stuff of bohemian fable.

In a surreal radio station on the midnight after his death, Lord Buckley spins out his life story to a DJ named Orpheus while demonstrating his unique stylized material. As the two talk—a dialogue interspersed with multiple flashbacks to various points in Lord Buckley’s life—the conversation shifts into a discussion about the importance of truth and art, a topic which includes a trip to Hades and a cameo by God himself as it becomes increasingly apparent that Lord Buckley is bargaining for his very soul.

Lord Buckley’s life and art remain so resonantly timely and why each new generation seems to rediscover and revere his legacy are the ways in which it confronts and comments on controversial components of contemporary American life: religion, language, art, sex, drugs, and, most saliently, race.

Yet despite being a secret subterranean hero to the likes of Bob Dylan, the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Robin Williams, Bill T. Jones, Ken Kesey, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, James Taylor, Roseanne, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Julie Taymor and scores of others, Buckley’s achievement has remained tragically overlooked.

Lady Laurie Buckley of the Lord Buckley estate is giving her permission for the specific usage of his lordship's material for a one time non-exclusive stage performance of Oliver Trager's "Dig Infinity!" for the The New York International Fringe Festival August 20-27, 2015, US & Canada only. Video rights not included.