Running time: 1 hour and 21 minutes with no intermission
A.C.T. continues its tradition of introducing eclectic, unforgettable musical projects to the stage with Stuck Elevator, a visionary new work based on the true story of a Chinese deliveryman who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours. Sounding the alarm will open the doors to freedom, but calling for help also means calling for attention—with dire consequences for this undocumented immigrant. Inventively staged by internationally acclaimed artist Chay Yew—and introducing the prodigious work of a brilliant young composing team—Stuck Elevator unleashes an evocative collision of stories, sounds, instruments, and ideas.
Audiences and critics love Stuck Elevator!
"Shame" performed by Julius Ahn, from the world premiere musical Stuck Elevator at A.C.T.
A.C.T. presents the World Premiere musical Stuck Elevator
"A thought-provoking, sometimes funny, often stirring piece that opens the door to the dark side of the American dream." —BroadwayWorld
"Audacious, compelling and hugely imaginative!" —Huffington Post
Highest rating! "Creative riches explode . . . [with] 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." —San Francisco Chronicle
"A bold musical . . . haunting . . . innovative" —Bay Area News Group
"It's impossible not to walk away with a sense of awe." —SFist.com
"A bold, imaginative creation. . . . It's hard to imagine a better production." —theaterdogs
April 9, 5:30 p.m.
Before the curtain goes up, get behind the artistic process at this fascinating preshow discussion with the director and artistic staff. Can't make it to the show? We'll be streaming it live online!
Theater on the Couch
April 12, 8 p.m.
Following the show, discuss the minds, motives, and behaviors of the characters with Dr. Mason Turner, chief of psychiatry at San Francisco’s Kaiser Permanente Medical Center.
April 14, 2 p.m. - A.C.T. presents a special conversation with members of the Stuck Elevator creative team and Helen Zia, renowned journalist and author of Asian American Dreams.
April 16, 7 p.m.
April 21, 2 p.m.
April 24, 2 p.m.
Learn firsthand what goes into the making of great theater. After the show, join us for a lively onstage chat with the actors, designers, and artists who develop the work onstage.
OUT with A.C.T.
April 17, 8 p.m.
The best LGBT night in town! Mingle with the cast and fellow theatergoers while enjoying free drinks and treats at this popular afterparty.
April 23, 7 p.m.
Before the show, raise a glass at this wine tasting event featuring unique wines from The Barrel Room, a popular wine bar located in Union Square.
April 27, 12:30 p.m.
Before this matinee performance, get hands-on with theater with the artists who make it happen at this interactive workshop.
*Most events are free for ticket holders. Please note that performance times vary.
Bike to the Theater Nights
Join us for Bike to the Theater Nights on April 4 and April 11! When you bike to the theater for one of these performances, you'll enjoy a special discount on tickets and free valet bike parking.
In partnership with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), A.C.T. will host Bike to the Theater Night on April 4 and April 11. The SFBC will offer free valet bike parking, and patrons who bike to the theater will receive a special discount on tickets for that evening's performance ($35 Orchestra, $25 Mezzanine, and $10 Balcony, using code SFBC81HRS online or by phone). Valet bike parking will be available one hour prior to curtain. Bicycles will be watched throughout the evening by an attendant. Patrons are asked to bring their own locks. To learn more about the SFBC, visit www.sfbike.org.
*Special offer: Cyclists attending Stuck Elevator on April 4 are invited to join A.C.T. and the SFBC for a kick-off party before the show! Join us at the Bryant Street Sports Basement (1590 Bryant Street) from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for complimentary food and drink—as well as 10 percent off Sports Basement merchandise.*
Alice Chang, Naya Chang, Mike Au Yong, Translators Naya Chang, Supertitle Creator Stephanie Parry, Supertitles Operator Kevin Porter, Contractor Rebecca Guzzi and Hannah Greene, Costume Design Assistants Desirae Hepp, Costume Design Intern Brendan Aanes, Assistant Sound Designer
* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States
Insight into the Play, the Playwright, and the Production
Each entertaining and informative issue of Words on Plays, A.C.T.'s in-depth performance guide series, contains a synopsis, advance program notes, study questions, and additional background information about the historical and cultural context of the play.
Words on Plays is available for purchase in the lobby of the theater during performances or online ($10 each + postage and handling or $5 each for the electronic edition). For more information about how to subscribe to a full or partial season, click here.
Words on Plays Prepared by
Dan Rubin, Editor
Elizabeth Brodersen, Director of Education
Beatrice Basso, Production Dramaturg
Michael Paller, Resident Dramaturg
Cait Robinson, Publications Fellow