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(from left) Edred Utomi, Jacque Wilke, Joy Osmanski, Kevin Hafso-Koppman, and Samantha Quan in peerless, 2016 New Voices Festival. Photo by Douglas Gates.
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Sunday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m.
The Great Leap takes place in San Francisco in spring 1989. Manford Lum is a neighborhood star on the basketball courts of Chinatown, but he longs to make the leap to something more. Soon, he talks his way onto a college team headed for Beijing for an exhibition game and finds himself in the middle of China’s post-Cultural Revolution, where Manford suddenly perceives his past in the context of international politics. Inspired by events from the life of playwright Lauren Yee’s own father, The Great Leap is a fast-paced and hilarious play about family, history, and basketball.
This performance is full, and no more tickets are available. A line for standby seating will form 30 minutes before each performance of the Powers New Voices Festival. Based on ticket-holder attendance, those standing in the standby line may be seated. Seating is based on seat availability and is not guaranteed. Latecomers with tickets are also not guaranteed admittance.