The Great Leap

by  Lauren Yee

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m, 1f

When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for a “friendship” game in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. 

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The Great Leap

by  Lauren Yee

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for a “friendship” game in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese-American player Manford spies on his opponents. Inspired by events in her own father’s life, Yee “applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents).”
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2017 Kesselring Prize
    Finalist! 2017 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Reviews

“A beautiful play with vibrant characters and rich history crackling with fresh dialog.” - Broadway World

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Videos

  • The Great Leap at Denver Center for the Performing Arts
  • The Great Leap at Atlantic Theatre Company
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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $125 per performance

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  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)

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3m, 1f
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Authors

Lauren Yee

Lauren was born and raised in San Francisco and currently lives in New York City. Her plays include CHING CHONG CHINAMAN (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, SIS Productions, Impact Theatre), CREVICE (Impact), THE HATMAKER’S WIFE (The Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie Theatre, AlterTheater, PlayPenn), HOOKMAN (Encore Theatr ...

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