June 20-29, 2013
Stuck Elevator presented by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, in association with Long Wharf Theatre, produced by ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann.

Directed by Chay Yew; music directed by Frederick Alden Terry; cast: Julius Ahn, Raymond Lee, Marie-France Arcilla, Joel Perez and Francis Jue with musicians Shenghua Hu (violin), Frederick Alden Terry (cello), Byron Au Yong (piano) and Lee Caron (percussion).

April 4-28, 2013
Press Night April 16, 2013

World Premiere at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Featuring a hybrid of musical theater, opera, and solo performance, Stuck Elevator will feature Julius Ahn (Madame Butterfly at Nashville Opera; Turandot at Seattle Opera) in the tour-de-force role of Guāng (洸). He is joined by an extraordinary ensemble of performers—all of whom play multiple roles—including Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes and Mamma Mia! on Broadway) as Wáng Yuè (王岳), Guāng’s 8-year-old son; Marie-France Arcilla (Working at Off-Broadways’ 59E59 Theaters; Sondheim on Sondheim at the Cleveland Playhouse) as Míng (茗), Guāng’s wife; Joel Perez (In the Heights , 1st national tour; Fun Home at the Public Theater) as Marco, the wisecracking Mexican deliveryman; and Joseph Anthony Foronda (Pacific Overtures and Miss Saigon on Broadway) as Zhōng Yi (忠佚), Guāng’s brother-in-law.

The creative team for Stuck Elevator includes scenic designer Daniel Ostling (Endgame and Play and Once in a Lifetime at A.C.T.; Clybourne Park on Broadway), costume designer Myung Hee Cho (Lackawanna Blues at A.C.T.; Emotional Creature at Berkeley Rep); lighting designer Alexander V. Nichols(Endgame and Play at A.C.T.; Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway and Wishful Drinking on Broadway); video designer Maya Ciarrochi (Sweet Bird of Youth at The Goodman Theatre; Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Huntington Theater Company); and sound designer Mikhail Fiksel (Black n Blue Boys at Berkeley Rep; In the Next Room (or the Vibrator Play) at St. Louis Repertory).

August 2012
Workshop at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Directed by Chay Yew with music director/pianist Dolores Dolores Duran-Cefalu. Starring Julius Ahn as Guang with Marie-France Arcilla, James Seol, Thom Sesma and Joel Perez.

April 20, 2012
Informal public presentation of six ensemble numbers at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle. Music directed by Jeremiah Cawley, with vocalists Wes Kim, Joel Perez, Brian Winnie, Rachel Kim, David Stutz and violinist Tari Nelson-Zagar, cellist Alex Ho and percussionist Eien Hunter-Ishikawa. Supported with a CityArtists Project Award from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

October 30-November 13, 2011
Developed as part of the 2011 Sundance Theatre Lab at White Oak. Directed by Chay Yew with music director/pianist Vadim Feichtner and percussionist Eien Hunter-Ishikawa, starring Julius Ahn as Guang with Hai-ting Chinn, Richard Manera and Joel Perez.

June 16, 2011
Included as part of Projects and Proposals at the RADAR L.A. Symposium [PDF].

March 27-April 17, 2011
Developed as part of the 2011 Sundance Theatre Lab at the Banff Arts Centre in Canada. Directed by Chay Yew with music director/pianist Andrew Byrne, starring Julius Ahn as Guang with Billy Bustamante, Rona Figueroa, Joseph Keckler and Jon Rua.

June 25-26, 2010
Workshop Reading at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven CT. Directed by Chay Yew with music director Perry So, starring Francis Jue as Guang with violinist Sun Min Hwang, cellist Alvin Wong, percussionist Candy Chiu, vocal coach/pianist Andrew Byrne and sound designer Hillary Charnas.

June 13-28, 2010
Workshop residency at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre in New Haven CT.

June 08, 2010
Libretto reading for Fujianese advisors at Chen Dance Center in Chinatown New York.

November 19, 2009
Workshop reading at Pearl Studios NYC. Directed by David Herskovits with music director Alden Terry, starring Steven Eng as Kuang with Alden Terry on cello, Cynthia Marcus on Violin and sound designer Kate Marvin.

September 18, 2009
Workshop reading at the Museum of Chinese in America (MoCA) in New York’s Chinatown. Directed by Tamilla Woodard with music director Alden Terry, starring Steven Eng as Kuang with Alden Terry on cello, Cynthia Marcus on Violin, and Paul Kikuchi on percussion. Lively feedback session moderated by John Kuo Wei Tchen follows. (Read musician/scholar Cynthia Wang’s comments)

September 17, 2009
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU 2009-2010 Artists-in-Residence Kick-Off Event at Casa Italiana. Composer Byron Au Yong and librettist Aaron Jafferis present clips of previous work and discuss Stuck Elevator.

July 23-26, 2009
Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis attend Creative Capital Retreat.

June 27, 2009
20-minute excerpt presented as part of Hand2Mouth’s Risk/Reward New Performance Festival at the Imago Theatre in Portland.

June 05-07, 2009
17-minute excerpt presented as part of the Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards in Seattle.

January 2009
Stuck Elevator becomes a project of Creative Capital.

June 18-19, 2007
Workshop at the Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle. Directed by Tom Milewski, starring Xike Xin as Kuang with Gunnar Folsom on percussion. Made possible in part by funding from 4Culture, the Asian & Pacific Islander/Artist Presenting Initiative (API/2) and Artist Trust.