Presented by 1st Stage
By Tina Landau
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Additional Lyrics by Tina Landau
Directed by Nick Olcott
This haunting musical, one of the most acclaimed in recent years, tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer. In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune and turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when a mishap trapped him 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into this country’s first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the site, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath.