Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Music-Theater on the Immigrant Experience: Stuck Elevator

A music-theater piece explores immigrant rights issues through the true story of a Chinese restaurant deliveryman who was trapped in an elevator in the Bronx for 81 hours. Creative Capital supported the project with a 2009 Performing Arts grant and it will premiere at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco (opening April 4). An interview with the artists can be found on Creative Capital's blog here.

Stuck Elevator is an eclectic music-theater work based on the true story of a Chinese deliveryman in the Bronx who was trapped in an elevator for 81 hours. Sounding the alarm would open the doors to freedom, but calling for help also means calling for attention—with dire consequences for this undocumented immigrant. Suspended between the upward mobility of the American dream and a downward plunge into an empty abyss, he delves into memories of his past and into nightmares of his present predicament, all within the confines of a 4’ by 6’ by 8’ metal box.

KJ

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/immigration/2013/03/music-theater-on-the-immigrant-experience-stuck-elevator.html

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