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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.

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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.

Reviews

“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

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study guide

Atlantic’s study guides take educators and their students deeper into the story. Each guide provides a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to immerse students in the world of the play before attending the show.

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Photos by Ahron R. Foster.