Floyd Collins

March 2014, The York Theatre
April 2014, Talk is Free Theatre
co-produced with Talk is Free Theatre


  • "This production is a gem." Huffpost Canada
  • Daren Herbert
    “…a life-affirming performance by Daren Herbert.” Globe and Mail
  • Krystin Pellerin
    "spectacularly acted and beautifully sung" Vancouver Presents
  • Kevin McNulty,
    Katey Wright
    "beautifully designed, superbly performed, masterfully directed and extremely polished." The Courier
  • Krystin Pellerin,
    Kevin McNulty,
    Katey Wright
    "both musically and conceptually satisfying" Georgia Straight
  • Kevin McNulty,
    Katey Wright
    "Floyd’s interior world is compellingly dramatized." Georgia Straight

Jessie Richardson Award: 
Jeff Harrison, Lighting Design

Jessie Award Nominations:
Outstanding Musical Production
Orchestra Achievement
Krystin Pellerin, Supporting Actress
Jeff Harrison, Lighting Design
Bradley Danyluk, Sound Design

Ovation Award:
Jeff Harrison, Lighting Design

Ovation Award Nominations:
Outstanding Professional Production
Lead Performance, Daren Herbert
Set Design, Amir Ofek
Costume Design, Barbara Clayden
Special Achievement, “The Reporters Trio” (Graham Coffeng, Michael Culp, Jay Davis)

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photos by Emily Cooper


“This is the original and daring musical of our day… a powerhouse.” New York Magazine

“One of the three or four truly great music theatre scores of the last decade.” New York Newsday

“A daring and original piece of musical theater… One-of-a-kind, FLOYD COLLINS suggests promising futures for both its creators.” San Diego Union Tribune

“Plaintive, often inspired…Adam Guettel is a composer for the new century.” Los Angeles Times

FLOYD COLLINS is a work of exhilirating imagination and humanity… Daring, intelligent and almost unbearably poignant.” Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Compelling…haunting melodies and down-to-earth lyrics.” New York Magazine


Set in 1925 Kentucky, this riveting musical is based on the true story of an American cave explorer and entrepreneur who, in his search for the ultimate tourist attraction, found himself trapped 100 feet below the earth.

The score and lyrics of this haunting, poetic work are by Adam Guettel, composer of The Light in the Piazza, for which PSP received the Outstanding Production (Large Theatre) Jessie Award in 2011. In an interesting coincidence, Guettel also happens to be the grandson of Richard Rodgers – one half of the Out of a Dream songwriting duo.

Deep in the lands of the hollows and creeks,
If’n you get lost, you get lost for weeks.
Listen to the tale of a man who got lost
A hundred feet under the winter frost.

Adam Guettel’s music evokes every level of the story, reaching from Kentucky bluegrass inspirations to the voice of the cave itself.  With Floyd Collins PSP continues its tradition of producing musicals that challenge our ideas of what a musical is and what a musical can do.

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