Stuck Elevator production history

World Premiere production by American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, April 16, 2013. Artistic Director Carey Perloff; Executive Director Ellen Richard; Directed by Chay Yew.

East Coast Premiere at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in association with Long Wharf Theatre, June 24, 2013.

Touring is made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Pilot.

Stuck Elevator was developed with the assistance of the Sundance Institute Theatre Program (2011 & 2012 Sundance Theatre Labs). The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (2010) and Museum of Chinese in America (2009) have presented workshop readings of Stuck Elevator. Excerpts have been presented at the Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards (2009), Hand2Mouth’s Risk/Reward Festival (2009) and Theatre Off Jackson (2007). Additionally, Au Yong and Jafferis have developed Stuck Elevator at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre (2010) and as artists-in-residence at the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU (2009-2010).

Stuck Elevator is a project of Creative Capital, which currently receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The TOBY Fund, The James Irvine Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, and more than 150 other individuals and institutional donors.

In addition, the development of Stuck Elevator has received an Edgerton New Play Foundation Award,  NEA Art Works Award, Award for Innovation from 4Culture, an Artist Trust GAP Grant, and support from the Asian & Pacific Islander/Artist Presenting Initiative (API/2) at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC), supported by the James Irvine Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

  • “The invigorating, near-Shakespearean rap drama Kingdom... [is] innovatively intelligent…sobering, unflinching. The score is the first I’ve experienced to make a viable case for rap and hip-hop as theatre music… Jafferis and Williams are worthy musical inheritors of Shakespeare’s legacy.” – TalkinBroadway.com
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