“Dig Infinity!” The Play

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.