Ma is a railroad worker who wants to become a Peking Opera star. He
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.
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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