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Byron Au Yong’s Stuck Elevator to premiere at A.C.T. Theatre in San Francisco

Byron Au Yong’s Stuck Elevator to premiere at A.C.T. Theatre in San Francisco

: Photo by Jerry Becker.

2013 will ring in a big premiere for Byron Au Yong, as San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater will debut his new work Stuck Elevator next April. Stuck Elevator is a comic-rap-scrap-metal-opera based on the true story of a Chinese restaurant 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 illegal immigrant. With music by Byron, and lyrics by Aaron Jafferis, A.C.T. will bring in internationally acclaimed artist Chay Yew to stage the production.

Byron Au Yong, a Cornish humanity and science adjunct faculty member, is a composer and dancer having performed in concert halls and site-specific locations that include the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, On the Boards, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Tokyo Art Museum. In addition, he has composed music for Olivier Wevers/Whim W’him, Donald Byrd/Spectrum Dance Theatre, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dances, and Portland Taiko. Recordings of his music are available on CRI/New World Records, Periplum, and other independent labels. Honors include awards from Creative Capital, the Ford Foundation, and Meet the Composer. Byron holds an MFA in musical theatre writing from New York University, an MA in dance from UCLA, and a BA/BM in music composition/theory from the University of Washington. 

Read A.C.T.‘s full season announcement here.

More on Byron’s work here.

Photo: Byron Au Yong.  Photo by Jerry Becker


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