What is the Story of The Dance and the Railroad?
David Henry Hwang’s drama tells the story of Ma and Lone, two Chinese railroad workers who are waiting out a historic 1867 labor union strike in California. While Lone tirelessly practices traditional Chinese dance on the mountaintop, Ma admires his new friend’s strength, passion and agility. Lone looks down on the younger, less experienced Ma and sends him through a series of tests to prove his devotion. Although it isn’t easy, Ma passes the tests and earns Lone’s trust and respect. As Lone shares secrets of his past and teaches Ma about the art of the Peking Opera, the pair forms an unlikely bond while the labor union finally comes to an agreement.