Roger Brucker Appearance in Buffalo, NY, Sept. 17

Posted: August 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: interviews | No Comments »

Roger Brucker, the older caver in GET LAMP (and one of the primary folks in the both the cave sequence and the BEDQUILT featurette) is making an appearance and lecture before a Floyd Collins musical that’s having a run in Buffalo, NY. From the site:

As part of the Curtain Up! celebration weekend, American Repertory Theater of WNY is proud to bring in as a quest speaker, noted cave explorer and author Roger Brucker, for an one-night only lecture on September 17th, 6:45-7:45 pm, with the performance of FLOYD COLLINS to follow at 8 pm. 

The stage musical by playwright Tina Landau and composer Adam Guettel is based on the true story of Floyd Collins, who was trapped in a Kentucky cave in 1925 and could not be rescued. The tragedy received national publicity and attracted thousands of spectators to the rescue site, becoming one of the most sensational news events of the early 20th century.

The musical was inspired, in part, by the book TRAPPED! THE STORY OF FLOYD COLLINS,  which Brucker wrote with historian Robert K. Murray. While researching the book, Brucker and Murray studied hundreds of documents and interviewed dozens of individuals who were involved in the actual rescue attempt, or who knew Floyd Collins personally. Brucker even risked his life, crawling to spot underground where Collins was trapped, to better understand why rescue efforts failed.


“This musical is brilliant,” Brucker said. “Tina Landau and Adam Guettel did a superb job of capturing the essence of the historical Floyd Collins and the people who tried to save him. In spite of the morbid subject, it is beautiful and uplifting.”

Brucker has explored Mammoth Cave in Kentucky for more than 55 years, and is recognized as the leading authority on the Floyd Collins tragedy. He has consulted for National Geographic Television, and has been interviewed by national media, including NPR and the CBS Evening News. He has written five books about cave exploration.

“We are truly fortunate to have Mr. Bucker come in and share his thoughts on this American story,” ART of WNY’s Executive/Artistic Director Matthew LaChiusa said. “It will be a wonderful opportunity for folks to meet the author and learn about the rich history behind the events surrounding Floyd Collins and how the story influenced this amazing musical.” 

Mr. Brucker will speak with audience members, with an Q & A session after his lecture as well as the opportunity to pick up a signed copy of TRAPPED! THE STORY OF FLOYD COLLINS.

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