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The Great Leap

The title "The Great Leap" appears in red to the right of a hand reaching upward toward a basketball in the upper left corner, in front of a

“Fast-moving, furiously funny ... a must-see!” –Theatre Eddys

January 15 – February 13, 2022
On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

From the acclaimed playwright of Cambodian Rock Band!

San Francisco. 1989. Basketball standout Manford Lum is a fast-talking, dominating teenager on the street courts of Chinatown. But when he elbows his way onto a college team traveling to Beijing for a “friendship” game, the outcome isn’t what anyone expects. Traversing history that is both personal and political, this sharp and funny play pits a U.S. coach against his Chinese counterpart — and country-wide protests and cultural revolution against their deeply personal tolls and generational fractures.   

The celebrated playwright of Cambodian Rock Band, Lauren Yee uses her father’s basketball heroics and the student-led demonstrations that rocked the world as a springboard for this moving story that keeps the tension rising right up until the final buzzer. 

A co-production with Artists Repertory Theatre.

“A beautiful play with vibrant characters and rich history crackling with fresh dialog.” –BroadwayWorld

The Great Leap

  • By Lauren Yee
  • Directed by Zi Alikhan

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