Stuck Elevator press

1.0 ‘Stuck Elevator’ review: Top-flight San Francisco Chronicle
“Creative riches explode from one small, claustrophobic space in ‘Stuck Elevator,’ the extraordinary musical that… pack[s] an epic’s worth of inspired music and inspirational content, performances and design… A vibrant opera-musical theater hybrid with a story both personally compelling and eye-opening.” More…

Trapped man is unlikely subject of a moving musical in this ready-to-tour title – Variety
“[Stuck Elevator] is a fascinating and compelling work that proves strong ideas can’t be contained in simple boxes… claustrophobic and expansive, intimate and existential, personal and political all at once.”  More…

Stuck Elevator – Audacious, compelling and hugely imaginative Huffington Post
“Au Yong writes music; Jafferis writes poems and plays. In 2005, they read and heard about a man who was stuck in an elevator for 81 hours: a New York deliveryman who had taken an order of Chinese food to the 35th floor of a dilapidated apartment complex, a Chinese national, an illegal immigrant. And they transformed his excruciating experience into an epic that unfolds in words and music, in just about one minute for every hour that Ming Kuang Chen spent in the tiny cubicle.” More…

‘Stuck Elevator’ Often Soars – Examiner.com
“Together Au Yong and Jafferis create one of the more ambitious, listenable modern scores in contemporary musical theater.” More…

Chinese Deliveryman’s Nightmare Comes To Stage As ‘Stuck Elevator’ – Hartford Courant
“‘I first saw the work at a book-in-hand reading in New York years ago,” says Mary Lou Aleskie, director of the festival. ‘At the time it had one character, but it was so powerful to me… It’s a timely show with immigration reform, and it’s something that resonates in the New Haven community as well.'” More…

“Stuck Elevator” Unsticks Writer’s Imagination – New Haven Independent
“‘As Guang pushes up against the things in his life keeping him stuck, most immediately the elevator, and then beyond, the focus of his desire to change his circumstances begins to widen. He begins to question more fundamental issues than why did the elevator break, which, in turn, are political. He arrives at them by pushing against what he needs, what keeps him stuck.'” More…

City Hip-Hop Poet/Playwright Debuts In San Fran – New Haven Independent
“It’s fitting that Stuck Elevator, before arriving back in New Haven for a grand summer unveiling, is having its world premiere in San Francisco. It’s a city with a strong tradition of political theater, and New Haven’s Aaron Jafferis, who wrote the libretto, has spent his career riveted on using language, from hip-hop poetry to drama, for social change.” More…

New Haven poet-playwright’s ‘Stuck Elevator’ returns – New Haven Register
“It made sense for us to collide our very different musical styles, if our main character has a sung mix of opera, classical, musical theater and Asian-influenced sound that is Byron’s world … mixed with the hip-hop world of the Bronx with co-deliveryman Marco, who’s from Mexico but has been in the Bronx a long time, and ultimately the genres begin to mix.” More…

Au Yong and Jafferis Explore Entrapment and Immigration – CreativeCapital.org
“When Byron asked me about working on Stuck Elevator, I was intrigued—a deliveryman alone in an elevator seemed a great way to explore ideas of work, language and loneliness I wrestled with ever since I’d been chewed up and spit out by both Mexico City and New York City. To heighten the feeling of isolation and dislocation…” More…

 

  • Stuck Elevator: Audacious, compelling and hugely imaginative.” – Huffington Post
  • About Aaron

    Aaron Jafferis is a hip hop poet and playwright. Read his bio, his CV, or contact him.