The Great Leap

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...
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. Inspired by events in the life of the playwright’s own father.
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The Great Leap

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  • Chas Belov:
    18 Dec. 2017
    (Updated March 2019) I saw a production of this at American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco) and was drawn in by its refusal to make its very real characters "Model Minorities," its sense of history and its balance of humor and seriousness.
  • Sheila Cowley:
    30 Nov. 2017
    This play is delightful and incredibly powerful. The dialogue is mile-a-minute gritty hilarious poetry, action-packed and profound.

    It’s a play about fighting for who you want to be and what happens when you put off that fight.

    The idea that you might never even see a basketball onstage is intriguing and it works, in a ferociously wonderful basketball play.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    2 Oct. 2017
    From the beginning of the play I was totally sucked into the characters' lives as they fight for basketball, family, and politics. I laughed and cried more than a few times. Highly recommend.