Productions & Digital Readings

The Dance and the railroad

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage
Written by David Henry Hwang
Directed by Chil Kong
May 31, 2020

Set against the backdrop of the Chinese American railroad workers’ strike of 1867, The Dance and the Railroad rejects the stereotype of submissive immigrant laborers, and depicts assertive men who demanded their rights despite great personal risk. The play compares the optimistic and idealistic Ma to the pragmatic and independent Lone, and juxtaposes the hard labor of working on the railroad with the dream to practice traditional Chinese Opera.

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Meet the Playwright

David Henry Hwang

In honor of API Month, ATMTC presents and interviews and masterclass with Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time OBIE award winner, and a three-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Pride, David Henry Hwang. His stage works include the plays M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Yellow Face, Kung Fu, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad, and FOB.

David is also the most-produced living American opera librettist, whose works have been honored with two Grammy Awards, co-wrote the Gold Record Solo with the late pop icon Prince, and worked from 2015-2019 as a Writer/Consulting Producer for the Golden Globe-winning television series The Affair. He is currently writing the live-action musical feature film The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Disney Studios and a movie to star actress Gemma Chan. 

David serves on the Board of the Lark Play Development Center, as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University School of the Arts, and as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards. 

Meet the Director

Chil Kong

Chil Kong is a Korean American actor, director, and Artistic Director at Adventure Theatre. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech with degrees in Marketing and Psychology. While at Virginia Tech, he performed with The New Virginians, a touring musical performance group. He also attended the master of fine arts program at Boston Conservatory and is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab West. He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Theatre at San Diego State University. He has held Artistic Director positions at several Asian-focused theater companies including Asia On Stage in Boston, The Northwest Asian American Theatre in Seattle and Lodestone Theatre Ensemble in Los Angeles.

Meet the Cast

Jon Jon Johnson as Lone

Daniel G. Westbrook as Ma

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