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Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Signature Center

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.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Mar. 24, 2013.

Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Signature Center

480 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10019

Previews Feb 5, 2013
Opening Feb 25, 2013
Closing Mar 24, 2013


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.

Critics' Reviews

"[Yuekun Wu and Ruy Iskandar perform] artfully constructed routines that seem to seamlessly blend acrobatics, ballet, martial arts, and music."

Review by Melissa Rose Bernardo from Entertainment Weekly

"The jutting copper-colored platforms that form Mimi Lien’s set for the Signature Theater Company revival of David Henry Hwang’s 'Dance and the Railroad' provide a pleasingly serene vista for the eye."

Review by Charles Isherwood from The New York Times

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