The Great Leap
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Eric Ting
Produced in association with Seattle Repertory Theatre
Feb 2 - Mar 11, 2018
Run Time: To come
Ticket Price: Starting at $30. Prices vary by date and availability.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Advisory: Frequent use of profanity
When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, it’s a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the scoreboard. American coach Saul grapples with his relevance to the sport, Chinese coach Wen Chang must decide his role in his rapidly-changing country and Chinese American player Manford seeks a lost connection. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Yee’s unexpected and touching story is inspired by events in her own father’s life.
Playwright Lauren Yee's fearless, modern plays have been produced by over 15 theatre companies, developed at over 17 and lauded by many. Most recently, her play King of the Yees won the Women’s Invitational at the Ashland New Play Festival, and is being produced by four regional theatres this season alone.
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Lauren Yee’s plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts), The Hatmaker’s Wife (Playwrights Realm, PlayPenn), Hookman (Encore Theatre, Company One), In a Word (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre), King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Festival), Samsara (Victory Gardens, O’Neill Conference) and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund, Mu). Member of the Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab. Current commissions: Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, and Trinity Rep. King of the Yees will premiere at the Goodman Theatre and Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas later this year. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.
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