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  Floyd Collins - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Floyd Collins is noted for having discovered Crystal Cave on January 18, 1917, and is sometimes referred to as "The Greatest Cave Explorer Ever Known."
After being found the next day by friends, hot food was taken to Floyd, and an electric light bulb was run down the passage to provide him light and some warmth, and he survived for over a week while efforts to rescue him were made.
The life and death of Floyd Collins inspired a musical by Adam Guettel, as well as at least one film documentary, several books, a museum, and many tales and short songs by cavers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Floyd_Collins   (1149 words)

  
 Floyd Collins
Floyd Collins is based on the true story of a Kentucky caver who got trapped while exploring Sand Cave, and his ordeal from January 30 to February 16, 1925.
The cast included Jim Morlino as Floyd Collins, Jason Danieley as Homer Collins, Floyd's younger brother, Theresa McCarthy as Nellie Collins, Floyd's sister, and Stephen Lee Anderson as Johnnie Gerald, a role that was subsequently eliminated in favor of incorporating the character into a composite with Homer Collins.
Floyd Collins began a limited run at Playwrights Horizons on March 3, 1996.
floydcollins.tripod.com   (373 words)

  
 Floyd Collins Museum, Cave City, Kentucky
Floyd Collins was a legendary spelunker and Kentucky backwoods boy.
Floyd was exploring alone, had only one light, was ill-clothed, didn't have a protective helmet, and had neglected to tell anyone where he was.
Floyd is in front, close to the church.
www.roadsideamerica.com /attract/KYCAVfloyd.html   (697 words)

  
 The Masquerade Theatre, Houston, TX
"Floyd Collins" was written by Tina Landau and is the true tale of a caver who dreams of wealth, fame and a life of leisure when he stumbles upon a cave in the Kentucky Mountains.
Tragedy befalls Collins as he is injured and stuck in the very same cave that was once to be his road to freedom.
Floyd Collins is ironically similar to the Baby Jessica fiasco of the early '90s when the nation held its collective breath and did not sigh until young Jessica was rescued from beneath the ground and returned to the safety of her family.
masqueradetheatre.com /screenprint.cfm?newsletterid=37   (837 words)

  
 Floyd Collins: Raw Deal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Floyd Collins was a poor farmer from Kentucky who wanted to turn a cave on his property into a profitable tourist attraction.
Floyd's plight became a national sensation, featured on the front pages of newspapers in every major city.
Floyd's saviors - too timid to enter the cave that Collins had explored alone - eventually dug a rescue shaft.
www.blastbooks.com /RAWDEAL/Collins/fr2col.htm   (215 words)

  
 Floyd Collins Musical   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
In the small town of Cave City, KY in the cold winter of 1925 a man laid trapped under 150 feet of earth and rock.
Though attempts were made to free Floyd Collins, he died on February 13, 1925 now known as "Hoo-doo Day" in cave country.
Floyd Collins ran at Playwrights Horizon's stage from February 9-March 24th, 1996.
www.angelfire.com /musicals/floydcollins   (162 words)

  
 The Houston Chronicle
A tireless spelunker, Floyd Collins was searching beneath Barren County, Kentucky (yes, that's where it really happened) for his slice of the American Dream: a spectacular cavern that would bring fame and fortune to himself and his family.
As the Ballad of Floyd Collins notes, Floyd "went lookin' for his fortune under the ground/Sure enough, his fortune is what he found." He became the center of the first modern media circus, the first real-life tragedy exploited (via newspaper and radio) as it unfolded.
But then, Floyd Collins likely would be just as well served by being presented as an oratorio or a radio performance; this show's importance lies in how it sounds, not in how it looks.
masqueradetheatre.com /index.cfm/MenuItemID/335.htm   (767 words)

  
 zingmagazine | issue #4 | reviews | floyd collins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
In fact, Floyd Collins can be interpreted, at least in part, as an allegory for such an inequitable distribution of wealth.
Floyd, eager to escape the rural and poverty-stricken life he leads, believes that he has found the greatest find of all, a cavern with linking tunnels to all of the caves in the region.
Floyd is seeking his fortune to escape the confines of his limited existence, yet it is his very ticket out of "Barren County" that buries him alive.
www.zingmagazine.com /zing4/reviews/09collins.html   (583 words)

  
 02-8097 -- Delaunay v. Collins -- 03/02/2004
Floyd's son Gary Collins is the tribal water engineer on the reservation and, according to his testimony, is responsible for administering water within the Wind River Indian Reservation and enforcing the tribal water code.
Floyd himself testified that he had done ditch maintenance work on upstream trust property without any agreement because permission was not necessary to enter trust land.
On appeal, the Collins repeat their syllogism that because the Delaunays lacked an easement for the portion of the irrigation ditch that crossed Floyd's trust land, they had no rights which the Collins could violate, and, therefore, that injunctive relief was improper.
www.kscourts.org /ca10/cases/2004/03/02-8097.htm   (3270 words)

  
 Floyd Collins : Joseph Bowen : Theatre - Centerstage Chicago
Floyd Collins (Romain Fruge) is in search of a cave that, once opened to the public, will make him rich.
Floyd Collins is as much the story of Floyd's family and the media circus that follows as it is the story of Floyd himself.
Floyd Collins' story was the third biggest news event between World Wars I and II, a story only eclipsed by Lindbergh's Trans-Atlantic flight and the Lindbergh kidnapping.
centerstage.net /theatre/articles/floydcollins.html   (642 words)

  
 Aisle Say: FLOYD COLLINS
And there is sad irony in the fact that it comes in the wake of another (albeit minor) media circus, the one that has insisted upon lionizing Jonathan Larson, the composer-lyricist of "Rent", in the wake of his death the night before that show's first public preview.
Second: Though of course, a country idiom pervades "Floyd Collins"' music, the score has something much more serious in mind: the bluegrass and western motifs are merely punctuation or stylistic springboards for more complex musical forms and techniques that have their antecedents in the likes of Bartok, Janacek and Stravinsky.
Floyd (Christopher Innvar) is entering the cave, lowering himself on a rope (via Tina Landau's remarkable symbolic-rather-than-literal staging), singing exuberantly about his hopes and dreams, and decides to test the depth of the place by listening to the echo of his voice.
www.aislesay.com /NY-FLOYD-COLLINS.html   (1354 words)

  
 Floyd Collins
Floyd Collins was premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in 1994 and subsequently enjoyed a short run at New York's Playwright's Horizons in 1996 where it received the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.
Nigel Richards, Craig Purnell and Anna Francolini are terrific as the Collins children, Jeremy David is impressive as Skeets Miller, the local reporter who actually interviews Floyd in the cave.
Jill Martin is particularly moving in the role of Miss Jane, Floyd's stepmother, as she tries to hold her increasingly warring family together in the midst of a crisis she cannot fully comprehend.
www.culturevulture.net /Theater/FloydCollins.htm   (787 words)

  
 The Record - Entertainment - 06/16/2004 - Berkshire's 'Floyd Collins' approaches brilliance   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
"Floyd Collins" is based on the true story of a 38-year-old man who in 1925 explored caves in the hope of finding a new tourist attraction that would make him rich.
Collins' is not a greedy or needy man doing a dangerous thing just to become rich.
Floyd is a man who is at one with nature.
www.troyrecord.com /site/news.cfm?newsid=11984122&BRD=1170&PAG=461&dept_id=32272&rfi=6   (921 words)

  
 Shaw Festival Theatre 2004 Season   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Floyd Collins is a young man who has grown up exploring the caves in his native Kentucky.
Floyd Collins was originally commissioned by the American Musical Theater Festival, Philadelphia, which gave its world premiere in 1994.
Floyd Collins is our first musical to be presented at the Court House Theatre since Cole Porter’s Nymph Errant in 1989-90.
www.shawfest.com /season/floyd.php   (447 words)

  
 Theater review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Floyd Collins was the Kentucky man whose story, over a course of a little more than two weeks in the winter of 1925, became a national sensation.
Collins lived down the road from the Mammoth Caves and was inspired to seek his own fame and fortune by finding his own cave —; which he did.
Floyd Collins is a terrific role for Mr.
www.enquirer.com /editions/2001/10/03/tem_theater_review.html   (626 words)

  
 Theater News - Reviews: Floyd Collins -
Floyd Collins is groundbreaking theater (pardon the pun).
Both try to free Floyd, but the dank, crumbling walls of the cave and way in which Floyd is wedged into position thwart their efforts.
The story of Floyd Collins is notable for being the first news event to draw nationwide attention through radio broadcasts and Miller's syndicated reports.
www.theatermania.com /content/news.cfm/story/5654   (914 words)

  
 Stage Review: 'Floyd Collins' digs deeply into his spirit, his underworld
Exploring something called Sand Cave in 1925, alone and ill-equipped, Floyd was trapped underground for 18 days before dying, while rescue attempts were bungled and one of the first modern media circuses roared on overheard, powered by that new medium, radio.
That all-Floyd first section is "The Call." Section two is "The Rescue," in which we meet his family and the community.
As Floyd, Marcus Stevens is an enigma, a rough country braggart who mixes stoicism with terror, revealing a soul in turmoil.
www.post-gazette.com /ae/20020329floyd5.asp   (943 words)

  
 Floyd Collins
Floyd Collins was commissioned by The American Musical Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, which produced its world première in 1994.
In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself becomes the attraction when he gets trapped 200 feet underground.
Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fights for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above explodes into the first genuine media circus.
www.nodanw.com /shows_f/floyd_collins.htm   (159 words)

  
 Berkshires Week
Collins, who lived on his family's farm, already had opened Crystal Cave but the operation had fallen far short of his expectations.
Collins' situation became a national story, fueled by a series of personal interviews with Collins conducted underground by a diminutive cub reporter for the Louisville newspaper who was able to navigate the narrow spaces and sit with Collins in his narrow prison.
Their music-theater piece, "Floyd Collins," premiered in 1994 at the American Music Theater Festival in Philadelphia and made its New York bow a year later under the auspices of Playwrights Horizons.
www.berkshiresweek.com /061004?id=article05   (917 words)

  
 Simple-minded theatrics (April 20, 2001)
Patronization and a lack of authenticity are the hallmarks of "Floyd Collins," the joyless folk musical that brings TheatreWorks' current season to an uninspiring close.
The production is based on the real-life story of Floyd Collins, who was pinned beneath a rock in a Kentucky cave for 15 days in 1925.
That's the problem with "Floyd Collins." Its book, lyrics and music are filled with false notes -- celebrations of simple-mindedness that patronize the characters by treating their naivete as if it were a sign of purity.
www.paloaltoonline.com /weekly/morgue/2001/2001_04_20.collins.html   (593 words)

  
 University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Scarlets Web - 2/20/03
Floyd Collins' brother and sister comfort him during the attempt to rescue him from Sand Cave in the musical Floyd Collins.
Floyd Collins is based on true events that occurred near Cave City, Ky., in the winter of 1925.
Floyd Collins was an avid explorer of the many caves located in the area, which many landowners opened to the public for tourism.
www.unl.edu /scarlet/v13n6/v13n6arts.html   (1335 words)

  
 OnMilwaukee.com
Floyd Collins crawled into a hole in the dark and bloody ground of Kentucky in 1925 and never again saw the light of day.
Contemplating Floyd Collins' state of mind as he slowly accepted the idea that he would not escape from his tomb is problematic.
In fact, as Floyd Collins demonstrates, it can be an uplifting experience as we move into a Midwest winter.
www.onmilwaukee.com /articles/print/floyd.html   (639 words)

  
 Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews - "Floyd Collins" in Boston 2/7/01
Floyd Collins is the true story of a man whose dream is to find the perfect cave that may be turned into a tourist attraction to help raise his family's income.
Floyd finds his cave, but his dreams are quickly dashed when his foot gets stuck under a hanging rock in the cave.
Floyd Collins is quite possibly one of the great masterpieces of contemporary American musical theatre and it deserves far better treatment then it is being given at SpeakEasy Stage Company.
www.talkinbroadway.com /regional/boston/boston4.html   (888 words)

  
 Floyd Collins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Based on a true story, Floyd Collins is about the eponymous Floyd's dreams of striking it rich by charging admission to the caves he's discovered in rural Kentucky in 1925.
There was family conflict, but when Floyd sings of his anticipated wealth and then intones "See Papa?" it telegraphs a disapproving father (John-Charles Kelly), who in fact sings about "reaping what you sow" (he's a farmer, not a spelunker).
After Floyd gets stuck there isn't much for him to do, so it was a pleasant relief to see him singing and dancing in a fantasy sequence.
www.oobr.com /top/volEight/thirtythree/0519FloydCollins.htm   (618 words)

  
 FloydCollins   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Floyd Collins became a nationally known rural hero in 1925, not for what he did but for what he couldn’t do.
Floyd was determined to find a link from the Mammoth Cave System to the little cave near his home, so visitors would stop by their unknown community and bring some much needed tourist dollars.
Bryce Ryness has a great voice, and shines as Floyd Collins, evolving from an excited cave explorer chasing crickets to being resigned and somber finally accepting his fate.
www.reviewplays.com /floydcollins.htm   (827 words)

  
 Floyd Collins - The Caver - Trapped! (Home Page)
Floyd was on his way out of a dangerous unstable passage when a 27 pound rock fell on his foot.
Floyd's full name was William Floyd, born 20 April 1887 to Leonidas and Martha (Burnett) Collins on Flint Ridge in Edmonson Co KY. Lee and Martha married 28 Dec 1880 in Edmonson Co. They were the only Collins' marrying there thru 1920.
Floyd's body lies in Crystal Cave in great Grand Canyon halls, but his spirit ranges father within the cavern walls; For he follows ever onward in his quest to find the end, And in his footsteps only will the later cavers wend.
bluegrassgrotto.org /floyd-c.html   (2071 words)

  
 U-Daily News - STAGE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
"Floyd Collins," the 1994 musical currently on stage at the West Coast Ensemble, presents the true story of an amateur spelunker who became a celebrity in 1925.
Caught up in the rush to find the next Mammoth Cave-style tourist attraction, Floyd was seeking his fortune in the labyrinth of caverns beneath the rocky Kentucky farmland when he was pinned by a boulder.
As Floyd's sister, Nellie, Dana Reynolds may be a little too glamorous for the part.
u.dailynews.com /Stories/0,1413,211~23542~2729947,00.html   (585 words)

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