Set against the backdrop of the Chinese railroad workers’ strike of 1867, David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad is a haunting and powerfully affecting work that explores the lives of two laborers: the optimistic and idealistic Ma and the pragmatic and independent Lone. Each grapples with dreams of practicing Chinese opera as their fellow railroad workers stage a strike to protest the inhumane working conditions. Over the course of the strike, the two men talk about their past lives in China, wants for the future, and what it means to chase the American Dream in Gold Mountain. 

Four Performances Only
Friday, May 19 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m. 
Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are Pay What You Choose with price options at $20, $30, and $50.


Cast

Hao Feng (Lone) is beyond ecstatic to be joining Artists at Play once again, last having appeared in their virtual reading of Fear and Wonder, and understudying in their production of The Chinese Lady. Theatre: Twelfth Night, Pericles (Independent Shakespeare Company); Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden (The Huntington Library/CalArts Center for New Performance). Film: Twisted Little Lies (Lifetime). VO: Alchemy of Souls, Somebody (Netflix); Soundtrack #1 (Disney+). MFA in Acting, CalArts; MPhil in Music and Science, University of Cambridge; B.S. in Neuroscience and B.A. in Piano Performance, Emory University. In his free time, Hao can be found doing martial arts, photography, or eating. Echelon Talent Management. @haothefeng

Dylan J. Locke (Ma) is a Chinese American actor, filmmaker, and producer originally from Seattle, WA. Recent credits include “Star Trek: Picard,” “Alien Vacation,” and over two-dozen Netflix and Disney+ English dubs ranging from “Pachinko” to “Love is Blind: Japan.” Dylan is a recent graduate of the USC School of Dramatic Arts (Fight On!) and makes a mean homemade boba tea!

Jo Yuan (Stage Directions) is an Asian American (Chinese/Taiwanese/Korean) actor from the OC. Her training consists of the Meisner technique, on-camera skills, and comedy (clown, long-form improv, sketch, etc). She was awarded the Diversity Scholarship at both The Second City and Groundlings, where she focused on improvisation and sketch. She also had the honor of being selected for ABC’s Workshop Week with East West Players, and being chosen to participate in an advanced audition technique class sponsored by NBCUniversal. Jo is a main cast member with hereandnow theatre company and a proud member of Artists Rise Up Los Angeles. More at: www.jo-yuan.com


Creative Team

David Henry Hwang (Playwright) Plays include M. Butterfly (1988 Tony Award, 1989 Pulitzer Finalist), Golden Child (1998 Tony nomination, 1997 OBIE Award), Yellow Face (2008 OBIE Award, 2008 Pulitzer Finalist), FOB (1981 OBIE Award), The Dance and the Railroad (1982 Drama Desk nomination), Family Devotions (1982 Drama Desk Nomination), and Bondage. He wrote the books for the Broadway musicals Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (coauthor), the revival of Flower Drum Song (2002 Tony nomination), and Disney’s Tarzan. In opera, his libretti include Philip Glass’ The Voyage (Metropolitan Opera), Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar (two 2007 Grammy Awards), Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (Opernwelt 2007 “World Premiere of the Year”), and Howard Shore’s The Fly. Hwang also penned the feature films “M. Butterfly,” “Golden Gate,” and “Possession” (coauthor). He serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild and was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Katherine Chou (Director) is a Taiwanese American writer, filmmaker, and theatre artist. Her work in theatre encompasses directing, producing, and dramaturgy. Theatre credits include Here is Where (Boston Court Pasadena), AAP Fest (Artists at Play), and The Chinese Lady (Denver Center). As a filmmaker, her work has screened internationally and received recognition from STARZ, Women in Film, and the Wrap. Film credits include Dunkirk and The Hate U Give. A graduate of L’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, she is an alum of EST/LA’s Ignite Project and Visual Communiction’s Armed With a Camera Fellowship. She has been a producing member of Artists at Play since 2017. @kacawcaw

Annie Yee (Choreographer) Escapegoat, The Golden Dragon (Boston Court Pasadena); Everybody (Antaeus Company); Interstate (East West Players); Sumo workshop (La Jolla Playhouse, Ma-Yi Theatre); On Gold Mountain (LA Opera); Detained, The Children, An Octoroon (Fountain Theatre); M. Butterfly (South Coast Repertory); King of the Yees (Baltimore Center Stage, ACT Theatre in Seattle); Made in Bangkok (Center Theatre Group); I Don’t Have to Show You No Stinking Badges (LATC). She is the first Chinese American Los Angeles Laker Girl and Rams Cheerleader. Annie is honored to serve on the Executive Board for the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Cornerstone Theatre.

Karin Naono (Stage Manager) began her professional career amidst the pandemic. Karin is a freelance stage manager and stage technician that has found her home within theatrical works and occasional event works. She works at the historic San Gabriel Mission Playhouse, while working gigs around the LA area, with some credits in Boston. Play and event credits include: The Butterfly of Chula Vista (Artists at Play); Radio Golf (A Noise Within Theatre); Latina Christmas Special (Atomictuna Productions); Kamioroshi, the Descent of the Gods (BU Arts Initiative); Produced by Conference 2022, PGA.