Stuck Elevator

Chamber Opera / Music Theater
for voices, violin, cello, piano, percussion, bicycle wheel, soundtrack

“... one of the more ambitious, listenable modern scores in contemporary musical theater.”
~Andrew Beck, Hartford Arts Examiner

Stuck Elevator is a comic-rap-scrap-metal-opera prompted by the real-life experience of a Chinese food deliveryman trapped in an elevator for 81 hours.

Video Trailer

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Creative Team
Byron Au Yong, composer
Aaron Jafferis, librettist

Duration: 81 minutes
Cast: 5 actors, 4 musicians

 · Guang 洸 (tenor)
 · Míng 茗/Ensemble (soprano)
 · Marco/Ensemble (tenor)
 · Wáng Yuè 王岳/Nephew/Ensemble (baritone)
 · Zhong Yì 忠佚/Boss’Wife/Ensemble (bass-baritone)

 · violin, cello, piano, percussion, soundtrack

American Conservatory Theatre
San Francisco, April 2013

International Festival of Arts & Ideas
Long Wharf Theatre
New Haven, June 2013

(for a list of the creative team & previous performers, visit Stuck Elevator Events)

Producer Contact
Thomas O. Kriegsmann
+1 (917) 386-5468
tommy (at)

Audio Demo


2013 Outstanding Original Musical, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
2013 Outstanding Principal Actor in a Musical, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle
2013 Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award
2013 NEA Art Works Award

Press Quotes
“Audacious, compelling and hugely imaginative.”
Leo Stutzin, Huffington Post

“... claustrophobic and expansive, intimate and existential, personal and political all at once.”
Frank Rizzo, Variety

“A vibrant opera-musical theater hybrid with a story both personally compelling and eye-opening.”
Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

Words on Plays
A.C.T.'s in-depth performance guide includes interviews with the creative team + specific details about immigration related to Stuck Elevator (PDF)

Define American
a media + culture campaign that holds conversations about immigration and citizenship in America

(for more links about the production + research, visit Stuck Elevator Resources)

Stuck Elevator was developed, in part, by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program with additional support from the Sundance Institute’s Time Warner Fellowship Program

Stuck Elevator is a project of Creative Capital, and was developed, in part, with the assistance of the Asian/Pacific/American Institute artist-in-residence program at NYU, New York Theatre Workshop Residency at Dartmouth's Hopkins Center for the Arts, and Yale Institute for Music Theatre

Touring was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Pilot, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Support for earlier versions from 4Culture, Artist Trust, API/2, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Hand2Mouth’s Risk/Reward New Performance Festival, Museum of Chinese in America, On the Boards’ NW New Works Festival, Theatre Off Jackson & Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience