Overview

The Great Leap
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Jennifer Chang
NOV 10 – DEC 5, 2021 | Regional Premiere (Buy performance tickets here)
Now streaming on demand

It’s 1989, the University of San Francisco basketball team is headed to China for a “friendship” game, and plucky high school star Manford pesters aging coach Saul enough to talk his way onto the team. Landing in Beijing just before the Tiananmen Square uprising, Manford, Saul, and their Chinese translator/coach Wen Chang are forced to explore their different approaches to basketball and life and to reconcile their own converging histories. Inspired by her father’s short-lived basketball career, playwright Lauren Yee applies her signature technique of colliding the personal with the historical, creating a “stunning” (LA Times), unforgettable fable and reminding us that the best stories—even if they aren’t real—can still be true.

The Great Leap is sponsored by Linda Ravdin & Don Shapero.

*The virtual version of The Great Leap may be viewed on demand by ticket holders at any time through December 19. (Please note that tickets must be purchased before the end of the play's performance run on December 5.) 

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The Great Leap  scores a solid win.” 
-DC Metro Theater Arts
“Really absorbing… a very, very rich play.” “It works on many levels.”
-WYPR
A “gripping production” with an “excellent cast”
-The Washington Post
“These four actors are brilliant." "Well worth the price of admission.”
-MD Theatre Guide

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Eric Hissom (Saul) and Grant Chang (Wen Chang) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Eric Hissom (Saul) and Grant Chang (Wen Chang) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
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Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) Lois Shih (Connie) and Eric Hissom (Saul) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) Lois Shih (Connie) and Eric Hissom (Saul) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
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Eric Hissom (Saul) and Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman
Eric Hissom (Saul) and Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman
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Lois Shih (Connie) and Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Lois Shih (Connie) and Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
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Grant Chang (Wen Chang) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Grant Chang (Wen Chang) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
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Grant Chang (Wen Chang) and Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Grant Chang (Wen Chang) and Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
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Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Production Photos
Lois Shih (Connie) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Lois Shih (Connie) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
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Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) Eric Hissom (Saul) and Grant Chang (Wen Chang) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
Randy Nguyen Ta (Manford) Eric Hissom (Saul) and Grant Chang (Wen Chang) in THE GREAT LEAP. Photo by Margot Schulman.
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