The Great Leap tells the story of Manford Lum, a local star of the sidewalk basketball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown who strongarms his way onto an American college team travelling to Beijing for a “friendship” game. Set amidst the friction of post cultural revolution China, this Chicago premiere explores the cultural collide of identity and politics through the game of basketball. Witty and weighty, Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap keeps tensions high right up to the final buzzer.

Author Lauren Yee
Director Jesca Prudencio
Scenic Design Justin Humphres
Costume Designer Jenny Mannis
Lighting Design Keith Parham
Sound Design & Original Music Pornchanok (Nok) Kanchanabanca
Projection Design Rasean Davonte Johnson
Company Voice & Text Coach Gigi Buffington
Production Stage Manager Christine D. Freeburg
Assistant Stage Manager Kathleen Barrett