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Exploring A Hertiage In "Dance and the Railroad:" David Henry Hwang’s Signature Year

Opera and the operatic have been good to David Henry Hwang. “M Butterfly,” a unique retelling of the grand opera, “Madame Butterfly,” won the Tony for Best Play and BD Wong  as a Featured Actor in 1988. John Lithgow was a nominee for Best Actor in this huge Broadway hit. Hwang has also worked on operas with the likes of Philip Glass, Bright Sheng, Osvaldo Golijov, Phil Collins and Howard Shore.

“Dance and the Railroad,” which was at Signature Center’s Griffin Theatre last season, is not an opera, but it showcases a Chinese opera performer, Lone (Yuekun Wu) and his accolyte, Ma (Ruy Iskandar) as they practice their art while their fellow railworkers go on strike.

Hwang is the current Playwright in Residence at The Signature. His next play, “Kung Fu” with Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee, will have its world premiere in February-March 2014.

For more information and to book tickets, visit Signature Theatre’s website.