Like its undocumented protagonist struggling to find a place in the city of strangers, “Stuck Elevator,” a world premiere at American Conservatory Theater, resists easy categorization.
It is musical, but not really “a musical.” It is occasionally operatic, more than just a song cycle, and yet not wholly any of the above.
On the surface, it is 81 hours in the life of Guang, an undocumented Chinese immigrant who is trapped in the titular device. Read More
The term “boxed in” takes on new meaning in the world premiere of American Conservatory Theater’s “Stuck Elevator,” based on the true story of a Chinese deliveryman trapped in a Bronx, N.Y., elevator for 81 hours.
“The story really intrigued me,” says Julius Ahn, who plays the lead character, Guang. “Here is somebody that seems to be integrated into mainstream America. You see the surface, but what’s beneath is much more complex. Read More
Flaco, a Puerto Rican kid in New York, was molested by his psychotic mother, but no one believed him when he told them. Larry, a groundskeeper in Central Park, watches for years as an upper-middle-class father and older brother bully the younger brother, trying to make him “act like a man.”Ian, a New Yorker from Manchester, England, was so severely abused in his youth, physically and emotionally, by his alcoholic Irish father that he can’t contain his inner rage. Read More