OLIVER TRAGER (Lord Buckley, Playwright, Director)
Writer, editor, performer, teacher, collagist and walker in the city, Oliver performed the role of Lord Buckley in the the 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity production of DIG INFINITY! for which he was awarded Best Actor in an Adaptation. He is the author of Dig Infinity! The Life & Art of Lord Buckley, The American Book of the Dead: The Definitive Grateful Dead Encyclopedia, and Keys to the Rain: The Definitive The Definitive Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. He has staged numerous Lord Buckley events over the past twenty years, gathering top shelf Buckley interpreters and musicians celebrating His Lordship’s legacy.
RUSSELL JORDAN * (Orpheus, Stump Preacher)
Russell performed the role of Orpheus in the staged reading of DIG INFINITY! at the 2013 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in an Adaptation and in the full production of DIG INFINITY! at the 2014 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity for which he garnered the Best Supporting Actor award in an Adaptation. He also also performed in the staged reading of John T. Hall’s DASH, which earned him an Outstanding Actor in a Staged Reading Award at the 2013 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. In April 2014, Russell performed at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in Nia Witherspoon’s THE MESSIAH COMPLEX. His recent television credits include Blue Bloods and The Black Box. Russell is a Manhattan Theatre Works (MTWorks) company actor, co-owner of The Harlem Camerata reading salon, and an adjunct professor at York College/CUNY where he teaches Performance for Television. Member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA. @RussJordan | www.russelljordan.com
RIDLEY PARSON * (Abe, God, Plebeian, Midas, Worm, Newscaster)
Ridley was last seen as Diogenes with Look At The Fish Theatre. New York Credits: Trey Parker’s Cannibal The Musical (Bell), Universal Robots (Salda/Baruch), The Father (The Father) (PCTF Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play nomination), Have Mercy (Kent Stannitz), Love Me (Tom), NEXT! (The Lieutenant), A Lie of the Mind (Mike), Two Rooms (Walker), Henry V (Chrous), Measure for Measure (Claudio), Macbeth: A Walking Shadow (Witch), King Lear (Edgar), Wicked Tavern Tales (Alfred), Twelfth Night (Feste), Shades (Rick), The Curse of the Horned Babby (The Minstrel), Captain Walker Arnold (Captain Walker Arnold), La Vigilia (Onesto), The Mandrake (Siro), Haunted (Dan), Scripted (Simon); Regional Credits: A Shot in the Dark (Paul), Les Liaisions Dangereuses (Valmont), Pump Boys & Dinettes (Jim), As You Like It (Oliver); Television Credits: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Winslow). Occasionally, Ridley can be seen with his guitar, putting his spin on the songs of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits and others too numerous to mention.
JOHN KRUTH (Jazzbo, Shadow, Plebeian — stringed instruments/flutes)
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, journalist, author and educator John is best known for his highly energetic “Banshee Mandolin” style of playing but is also an ace on guitar, banjo, harmonica and various flutes. Kruth is the leader of the world music ensemble TriBeCaStan and has nine albums to his credit including Splitsville, Midnight Snack, Greasy Kid Stuff, and Banshee Mandolin. He has also performed with Sam Shepard, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, and Violent Femmes. Kruth’s books include Bright Moments – The Life and Legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, To Live’s To Fly – the Ballad of Townes Van Zandt, Rhapsody in Black: The Life and Music of Roy Orbison. http://tribecastan.tv
BORIS KINBERG (Slick, Plebeian — drums)
Boris has played for such diverse artists as the Beach Boys and Eartha Kitt. Boris performed with the legendary Willy Deville for twenty years and his experience extends to the world of Zydeco as percussionist with Lucky 7, Upsouth Twisters and the folkloric jazz ensemble TriBeCaStan.
* These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association