“An exhilarating, deeply satisfying piece of work, powered by gutsy performances and full of bright, inquisitive, humorous life.”
— Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“BD Wong’s Wen Chang conveys a radiant invisibility throughout this four-character comic drama! Take this chance to see how artfully he still commands a stage.”
— Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Such a fluent piece of playwriting! In Yee’s own graceful leap, one of history’s faceless is given a face, and a justly realized story.”
— Tim Teeman, Daily Beast
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New York Premiere Play
THE GREAT LEAP
Written by LAUREN YEE
Directed by TAIBI MAGAR
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street
Run time: Approximately 100 minutes with a brief intermission.
Please be advised, this production contains strobe-like effects.
San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from her father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee (The Hatmaker’s Wife) makes her Atlantic debut with this tender and fearless new play.
“Yee’s honesty, her ability to poke fun at herself and those for whom she cares, her frankness, the freshness of her voice about a world that so often does not get a place at the theatrical table…It’s indicative of how important a voice Yee will surely be.”
– Chicago Tribune
Video: Crystal Arnette/Adventure We Can
Photos by Ahron R. Foster | Pictured: Ali Ahn, Ned Eisenberg, Tony Aidan Vo and BD Wong
“The Great Leap has Wong and Eisenberg playing at the peak of their game. Wong is a superstar for a reason. Even as he stands stock-still, he shows us poetry in motion.”
— Helen Shaw, Time Out New York
“A voice that now demands our future attention”
— Brian Scott Lipton
“By turns funny and intense, The Great Leap is an intimate story played out on a world stage. Wonderfully written, well structured and very moving!”
— Sarah Downs, New York Theatre Guide
“A story about chasing impossible dreams in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, The Great Leap is as unexpected as it is tantalizing.”
— David Hurst, Talkin’ Broadway
Production photos by Ahron R. Foster.
LAURA SMITH (Production Stage Manager). Atlantic Theater: Tell Hector I Miss Him; The Public: The Low Road; Signature Theatre: The Antipodes; Juilliard: Appropriate; Baltimore Center Stage: Detroit ’67; As You Like It; 4000 Miles; After the Revolution; Amadeus; Wild with Happy; Twelfth Night; dance of the holy ghosts; Clybourne Park; Bus Stop; An Enemy of the People; The Whipping Man; Cyrano; Fabulation; Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Shakespeare Theater Company: Salome; CATF: World Builders; Woolly Mammoth: Gruesome Playground Injuries, House of Gold, The Unmentionables.
KALEIGH BERNIER (Assistant Stage Manager). Off-Broadway: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater), The Parlour (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Squeamish (All for One Theater). Other NY Credits include: Broadway Backwards (BC/EFA), Clubbed Thumb, Prototype Festival at HERE Arts Center, Primary Stages, The Flea, The Movement Theatre Company, Born Dancing, 52nd Street Project . Regional credits include: Soft Power (Center Theatre Group), The Chinese Room (Williamstown Theatre Festival), A Model American (Williamstown Theatre Festival), and [title of show] (Warren Miller Performing Arts Center). Touring credits: Cinderella (2nd National Tour), and My Name is Gideon… (All for One Theater). BA in Theater Design/Production from Fordham University.