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The Dance and the Railroad
David Henry Hwang
While his fellow workers are striking for higher pay, Lone, once an actor in China, exercises and practices alone on a mountaintop the ritual gestures used in Chinese opera. Ma, a slightly younger man, who wishes to become an actor, approaches him. Lone spurns him and insults the naive young man, but Ma returns day after day, eventually convincing Lone to train him as an actor. As Lone trains Ma in the ways of the Chinese opera, he also heaps a good deal of abuse on him, trying to rid him of some of his gullibility and to dissuade him from pursuing acting if he does not truly have the drive to suffer through all the work necessary to become a master of the art. Ma, however, is quite determined in his desire to become an actor and finally wins over Lone, just as the Chinese workers win their strike.
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|Total Characters: ||2|
|Male Characters: ||2|
|Female Characters: ||0|
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|Cost: ||FEE: $40 per performance|
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|Publisher: ||Dramatists Play Service|
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