The Singing Spelunker

Dyson’s Performing Arts Department presents Floyd Collins, the story of a man trapped in a Kentucky cave. If you’re thinking 127 Hours meets the Chilean miners story with a little bluegrass/Americana thrown into the mix, then you’ve hit the nail on the head.

On October 19-23, the Performing Arts Department, under the direction of Amy Rogers and musical direction of Robert Meffe, will bring to life Floyd Collins with performances Wednesday through Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Schaeberle Studio Theater, 41 Park Row, 10th Floor, NYC Campus. For information or reservations, call (212) 346-1954 or e-mail theater@pace.edu.

The bluegrass/Americana musical tells the chilling and true story of Floyd Collins, a Kentucky cave explorer who ends up trapped under a rock in a tight passageway during the winter of 1925. Within days of attempts at freeing him, a media circus ensues and the nation watches as rescuers try everything: digging a new passageway, finding a doctor to amputate his stuck foot, feeding him. After four days, a collapse in the cave cuts off all but voice contact with Collins. When rescuers were finally able to sink a shaft to rescue him 17 days after he became trapped, what they find is disheartening.