Ruy Iskandar and Yuekun Wu will star as Ma and Lone, respectively, in the previously announced Signature Theatre Company revival of David Henry Hwang’s 1981 drama The Dance and the Railroad. Directed by May Adrales, The Dance and the Railroad begins performances February 5 in the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. Opening night is set for February 25. The production is scheduled to play a limited engagement through March 17.
Set in 1867 on a California mountaintop, The Dance and the Railroad tells the story of two Chinese workers who struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. The play originally premiered at the New Federal Theatre in 1981 before transferring to off-Broadway’s Public Theater.
Iskandar’s New York theater credits include Measure for Measure, Pretty Precious Unicorns, Rhinoceros and Purimcelo. Wu has appeared in Something Wicked, Love in Tears and Luo Shen: Legend of the Luo River.
The creative team for The Dance and the Railroad includes scenic designer Mimi Lien, costume designer Jennifer Moeller, lighting designer Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Broken Chord Collective and music by Huang Ruo.