The Dance and the Railroad

Start: Locusts travel in huge swarms,

Ma

The Dance and the Railroad

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Ma is a railroad worker who wants to become a Peking Opera star. He is being tested by a veteran

Monologue Text

Start: Locusts travel in huge swarms, so large that when they cross the sky, they block the sun, like a storm. Second Uncle – back home – when he was a young man, his whole crop got wiped out by locusts one year.

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End: I can barely feel them. But then again, Second Uncle never tortured actual locusts, just weak grasshoppers.

For full extended monologue, see:
Hwang, David Henry, The Dance and the Railroad and Family Devotions: Two Plays, Dramatists Play Service Acting Edition, 1983.




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