The Dance and the Railroad Show Poster

The Dance and the Railroad Cast & Creative

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.

Show Overview

About The Dance and the Railroad

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.


Ruy Iskandar
Yuekun Wu


Written by
David Henry Hwang
May Adrales
Set Designer
Mimi Lien
Costume Designer
Jennifer Moeller
Lighting Designer
Jiyoun Chang
Sound Designer
Broken Chord
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