Christina Sajous to direct off-Broadway revival of FLOYD COLLINS

Out of the Box Theatrics announced today that it will produce the first Off-Broadway revival of the critically acclaimed musical, Floyd Collins. The production, which will be directed by Christina Sajous (Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, American Idiot; Out of the Box Theatrics’ 2019′ Baby), will run from November 11 to December 18, 2022 at Theater 71 in the Church of the Blessed Sacrament (152 West 71st Street).

Floyd Collins features the music and lyrics of two-time Tony Award and Drama Desk Award winner Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza), with a book by Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk Award winner Tina Landau ( member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company, Broadway’s SpongeBob SquarePants, superior donuts). The musical was originally commissioned by the American Musical Theater Festival in Philadelphia, which produced its world premiere in 1994. The Off-Broadway premiere, directed by Landau, was produced in 1996 by Playwrights Horizons. It won the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and Guettel won the 1996 Obie Music Award for the unique blend of bluegrass and folk music with other contemporary musical forms and influences. The show was considered by many critics to be a modern classic of musical theatre, with John Simon, New York Magazine hailing it as “the bold, original musical of our time”. After its brief original tour in New York, it has since been produced across the United States, in London and elsewhere.

Floyd Collins is based on the real-life “Cave Wars” incident that took place in central Kentucky in the early 20th century, where explorers and landowners fought to exploit the interconnected cave system for purposes. commercial. In 1925, while pursuing a dream of fame and fortune by turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself becomes the attraction when he finds himself trapped 200 feet underground. Alone but with sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fights for his sanity – and, ultimately, his life – as the above rescue effort explodes into the first real media circus. Journalists and onlookers from across the country descend on the property, fueling hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath.

Out of the Box Theatrics, an Off-Broadway company founded in 2015, stages inventive, site-specific productions of new and classic plays and musicals, while inviting audiences to experience work outside of its expectations. The company recently garnered attention for its critically acclaimed streaming co-production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years (New York Times’ Critic’s Pick, 2021 Drama League Nominee for Outstanding Digital Theatre, 2022 Antonyo Award nominated for Best digital theater production), and its new production of the 1983 Broadway musical Baby, originally staged in 2019 and revived in 2021 (nominated for the 2022 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical) .

The production of Out of the Box Theatrics will explore sensationalist reporting in the world of the show, which, nearly 100 years later, reflects our own era of “fake news” and “clickbait”. The production will also examine the racial elements at play in segregated 1920s Kentucky.

Known for staging site-specific productions, Out of the Box Theatrics selected Theater 71 in the basement of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament for the subterranean feeling the intimate space generates. The church was in danger of closing during the pandemic, and Out of the Box Theatrics is thrilled to perform at this hidden Upper West Side gem.

Floyd Collins’ creative team will include Billy Bustamante as Associate Director and Choreographer, Adam Rothenberg as Music Director, Ant Ma as Scenic Designer, Brynne Oster-Bainnson as Costume Designer, Christopher Wong as lighting designer and Germán Martínez as sound designer. Tyler Danhaus is stage manager. Egypt Dixon is assistant manager.

Adam Guettel (Music and lyrics) is a composer/lyricist living in New York. His musical The Light in the Piazza, with a book by Craig Lucas, premiered on Broadway at the Lincoln Center Theater in April 2005, following a world premiere at the Intiman Theater in the summer of 2003 and a second engagement at the Goodman Theater from Chicago in early 2004 (where it received three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Musical). La Lumière sur la Piazza has received six Tony Awards, including two for Mr. Guettel. Piazza received its UK premiere at the Curve Theater in Leicester in April 2009. Mr. Guettel wrote the music and lyrics for Floyd Collins (cast album on Nonesuch Records), which received the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award from the Best Musical and won Mr. Guettel the Obie. Best Music Award. Floyd Collins was featured at Playwrights Horizons, New York; Prince Theatre, Philadelphia; Goodman Theater, Chicago; Old Globe, San Diego; Bridewell, London; and elsewhere. His other works include Love’s Fire, a collaboration with John Guare for The Acting Company, and Saturn Returns, a concert at the Joseph Papp Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival. Saturn Returns was recorded by Nonesuch Records under the title Myths and Hymns. Four of Mr. Guettel’s songs were featured on Audra McDonald’s Nonesuch Records album Way Back to Paradise (1998). Two more appear on his 2000 album How Glory Goes (including the title track), and two more are on Build a Bridge (2007), including the title track. Mr. Guettel presented an evening concert of his works at New York City Hall in 1999. He can be heard singing four duets with Meryl Streep in the short film The Music of Regret (2008). Film scores include Arguing the World, a feature documentary by Joe Dorman (1999), and The Score of Jack, a two-hour documentary for CBS by Peter Davis (1994). Mr. Guettel’s awards include the Stephen Sondheim Award (1990), the ASCAP New Horizons Award (1997), and the American Composers Orchestra Award (2005).

Tina Landau (Book) is a screenwriter and director whose work has been produced on Broadway and Off-, internationally and regionally, and most often at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, where she is a member of an ensemble. Known for her large-scale original musical and ensemble work, Tina has been recognized by the Tony Awards, Drama Desks, Drama League, Outer Critics, Lucille Lortel and Obies, and is a recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. United, Princess Grace. Statuette, an NEA/TCG executive scholarship, and Rockefeller and Pew scholarships. On Broadway, Tina directed SpongeBob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical (also designer; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle winner for Best Direction and Best Musical, 12 Tony Award nominations), Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts and the revival of Bells Are Ringing (Tony nomination). His Off-Broadway productions include Old Hats by Bill Irwin/David Shiner, Big Love and Iphigenia 2.0 by Chuck Mee, all at Signature; Tarell McCraney’s Head of Passes (also Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, Mark Taper Forum, NAACP Best Director) and In the Red and Brown Water, both at the Public Theatre; A Civil War Christmas by Paula Vogel at NYTW; McCraney’s wig is out! and his original musical Dream True written with Ricky Ian Gordon, both at Vineyard; his musical Floyd Collins, written with Adam Guettel, at Playwrights Horizons, the Old Globe and the Goodman (Lucille Lortel Best Musical, Obie Award, Barrymore Best Direction, etc.); and En Garde Arts’ site-specific productions of Orestes, The Trojan Women: A Love Story and Stonewall: Night Variations (also writer). Tina has created over 20 productions at Steppenwolf, including Ms. Blakk for President (which she co-wrote with Tarell McCraney), The Doppelgänger by Matthew-Lee Erlbach, The Brother/Sister Plays by McCraney, The Wheel by Zinnie Harris , Mee’s Berlin Circle and Time to Burn, classics such as The Tempest, Time of Your Life, The Cherry Orchard and The Diary of Anne Frank, as well as his own plays Space (also Mark Taper and NYC Public Theatre) and Theatrical Essays. Regionally, Tina directed Tom Kitt and Nell Benjamin’s musical Dave (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Award for Best Director); his own play Beauty (Old Globe, San Diego Critics’ Award for Best Play) and productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Of Thee I Sing, and many others. She teaches regularly in the United States and abroad and is co-author, with Anne Bogart, of The Viewpoints Book.

Christina Sajous (Director). Sajous’ acting credits on Broadway include Spongebob Squarepants, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, American Idiot, Baby It’s You! and Holler if you can hear me by Tupac Shakur. Off-Broadway, she was seen in the 2019 Broadway production of Joe Iconis’ Baby Bounty Hunter and Out of the Box Theatrics. Regionally, she has performed in Paradise Square (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Prince of Egypt (TheatreWorks), Carmen: An Afro Cuban Musical (Tectonic Theater Project), directed by Moisés Kaufman, Romeo & Juliet (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and Disgraced (Denver Center for the Performing Arts). She appeared in Emmy Award-winning “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” (NBC) with John Legend and Sara Bareilles and “The SpongeBob Musical: Live On Stage!” (Nickelodeon). His other television and film credits include “Run the World” (Starz), “Chicago Med” (NBC), “Blue Bloods” (CBS), “Alpha House” (Amazon), “One Life to Live” (ABC), Broadway Idiot (Netflix) and Brazzaville Teen-Ager directed by Michael Cera. Christina attended New York University: Tisch School of the Arts and the International Theater Wing in Amsterdam.

Out of the Box Theatrics (OOTB) is an Off-Broadway non-profit organization committed to making the voices of marginalized communities heard through the stories they tell. OOTB also produces site-specific theater to provide a more intimate and engaging experience to our audience’s theater expectations. Out of the Box Theatrics was founded in 2015 by Elizabeth Flemming. Recent nominations include 2020 Off Broadway Alliance Best Musical Revival and 2022 Drama Desk for Outstanding Revival of a Musical (Baby) and 2021 Drama League Outstanding Digital Theatre, Individual Production and 2022 Antonyo Award, Best Digital Theater Production (The Last 5 Years).

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