Revolution in China – Railroad in America
Written and Directed by Rick Foster
A California Stage Company and
Duende: Drama and Literature Production
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Location: Odd Fellows Hall
212 Spring Street, Nevada City
“Gunpowder Man” is a story about Tiger Lily, who flees her homeland in China in the midst of turmoil in the 1860’s, comes to California, and, disguises as a teenage boy, plants explosives in the high Sierras to blast a path for the Central Pacific Railroad. Journey through the many layers of Tiger Lily’s life: the plight of the Chinese during the Taiping Rebellion where 20 million lives were lost in China and her struggle to endure in early California – all wrapped up in a fascinating human story filled with humor and drama. “Gunpowder Man” is a magnificent tale of hope and betrayal on two continents and where survival in America is based on choosing revenge or forgiveness. Bring the whole family!
“Actress Jennifer Ly, a Sacramento State student, gives a spunky, winning solo performance that is fresh, energetic and convincing, using an assortment of simple props … well-written, well-grounded in our collective past, and solidly entertaining.” (Jeff Hudson, Theatre Critic) “Gunpowder Man” is sponsored by The Union.