Breaking Arts has a nice article about Stuck Elevator going to the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab. Here’s an excerpt by David Brensilver:
Jafferis said it’s been a little difficult for theaters, presenters, and producers to figure out what kind of work Stuck Elevator is. He’s hopeful that interest in the work from such established organizations as the Sundance Institute will make the piece more approachable to potential presenters.
Mary Lou Aleskie, executive director of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, said, “We have been championing this piece almost from its very beginning.” She said the festival has a “grant proposal outstanding” with an eye on bringing Stuck Elevator, as a full-fledged production, back to New Haven.
Aleskie said she’s waiting to see what the next manifestation of the work is, as that will determine the context in which it gets produced.
“I would like to do it in a way that not only brings it home, but into the world,” Aleskie said.
Jafferis said that he and Au Yong wrote Stuck Elevator because they felt the subject matter was important as we in the United States grapple with issues of immigration and the value of the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
Read more in the New Haven Independent.