Radical Evolution and New Ohio Theatre present a workshop presentation of

Created by Radical Evolution
Directed by Rebecca Martinez
Conceived by Beto O’Byrne, Meropi Peponides

The creation of the US Rail system involved millions of people from many cultures that have existed in the US zeitgeist. From the Southern Black American experience to White Appalachian, Irish immigrants, Chinese Immigrants, Mexican Immigrants, Native Americans, and more, each culture at some point had their hands on the rails, spikes, ties, and engines that connected all the states and territories, and most had a song or two to sing about the experience.

Songs About Trains is a hybrid performance work that uses music as a way into these stories and explores the role of the railroad in America’s rise to becoming a global superpower.

Radical Evolution is hard at work, forging a dynamic new performance piece inspired by and utilizing this rich musical history. Through music and theatrical performance, we will explore how building the railroads was a pivotal moment in US history, which not only helped to created the US as a superpower, but generated unbelievable wealth to a select few, did so at the expense of thousands of lives, and created one of the deepest cannons of music ever created in this country. 

Caitlin Cisco
Ann Flanigan
Alfredo Guenzani
Trevor New
Beto O'Byrne
Chris Peters

Stage Manager: Patrick Harnett-Marshall
Music Director: Trevor New
Choreographer: Joya Powell
Associate Director: Gineiris Garcia

Produced by Ying Le and Meropi Peponides

Learn more about Songs About Trains


Photo courtesy of Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library.