Created by Radical Evolution Performance Ensemble, with contributing text by Eugenie, folk songs, stories, and movement weave together in this theatrical concert to celebrate the untold stories of a multicultural workforce from a pivotal moment in history—the building of the US rail system—and how their labor has had a lasting impact on the world we live in today.
I'm delighted to join writers Beto O'Byrne (lead), Reginald Edmund, Rebecca Martinez, and Jay B Muskett on this joyous celebration of American railroad workers. I wrote about Lei Ten, a laborer from the Toisan/Taishan region of Guangdong, China, who journeys to California in the 1860s to heroically dig and blast tunnels through the Sierra Nevada mountains to build the Transcontinental Railroad.
For more on these stories of indigenous, African American, immigrant Irish. Chinese, and Latinx workers , click on The Working Theater.