The Great Leap
Written by LAUREN YEE
Directed by TAIBI MAGAR
Atlantic Stage 2
May 23 – June 24, 2018
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.
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.
Cast & Creative
“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
“An exhilarating, deeply satisfying piece of work, powered by gutsy performances and full of bright, inquisitive, humorous life.”
Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
Photos by Ahron R. Foster.
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