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Landau and Guettel’s Floyd Collins Opens at Princeton University


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

The Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theater presents a senior thesis production of Tina Landau and Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins, a musical based on the true story of a man, who became a media sensation after he was trapped in a Kentucky cave in 1925.  Performances will be held on December 3-4 and December 9-11 at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street.

Featuring the songs of Tony Award winner Guettel, Floyd Collins is rooted in the bluegrass tradition.  Directed by Andrew Linz ’11 and featuring Hannah Wilson ’11 with the set design of Martha Ferguson ’11, the musical explores the crushing loneliness of being buried alive and the real human drama behind a sensational media event. 

Wilson, a politics major pursuing a certificate in theater, first fell in love with the musical when she read it for an English class during her freshman year.  Linz, who is majoring in history, came to the musical from a different perspective. “As a director,” he explains, “I’ve always been most interested in plays that are inspired by or based upon real historical events.” Linz observes that in drawing upon the lives and tragedies that real people lived through, Floyd Collins gains an authenticity and a power that echo in our lives today.  He points to the recent Chilean mine saga as an example of the way that the real events of the world can inform the theatrical events of the stage, and magnify the power and the impact of both.

Performances of Floyd Collins will be held on December 3-4 and December 9-10 at 8:00 pm and December 11 at 2:00 pm in the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for general admission. For advance tickets please call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220.

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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