PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage and Around San Francisco With Raymond J. Lee and the Cast of New Musical Stuck Elevator

By Matthew Blank
23 Apr 2013

Stuck Elevator, a new musical featuring a hybrid of musical theater, opera, and solo performance, receives its world premiere at San Francisco's A.C.T for a run through April 28. Raymond J. Lee (Anything Goes) shares photos documenting the backstage experience and the cast's exploration of the City By the Bay.



"It has been an amazing experience working on this show and bringing it to life," says Lee. "A.C.T. has been such a wonderful home for all of us and we are extremely grateful to the entire staff and crew. Although the rehearsal process had us all working really hard to figure out the best way to present this new musical, the cast and creative team definitely had a blast exploring San Francisco and taking advantage of all the great areas to explore."

"From Alcatraz to The Mission to Ocean Beach, we have had a ton of fun here in San Francisco and hope you enjoy our pictures! And please come see us in our last week of performances at A.C.T - we are all proud of this show and know you'll enjoy it!"



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Joseph, Joel, Marie-France, and I play a myriad of characters. Here I am as the evil Snakehead.
Photo by Julius Ahn



Stuck Elevator, directed by Chay Yew, is billed as "a powerful and poignant hip-hop opera…based on the true story of a Chinese restaurant deliveryman who was trapped in a Bronx elevator for 81 hours," according to ACT. "Sounding the alarm will open the doors to freedom, but calling for help also means calling for attention — with dire consequences for this illegal immigrant. Stuck in limbo, he launches into poignant and hilarious hallucinations about his past, present, and future. [It] unleashes an evocative collision of stories, sounds, instruments, and ideas, from immigration and labor to familial obligation and fortune cookies."

The cast of Stuck Elevator feature Julius Ahn in the tour-de-force role of Guāng. He is joined by Raymond J. Lee as Wáng Yuè, Guāng’s 8-year-old son; Marie-France Arcilla as Míng, Guāng’s wife; Joel Perez as Marco, and Joseph Anthony Foronda as Zhōng Yi, Guāng’s brother-in-law.

For more information, please visit ACT-SF.org.