A Co-Production of Perseverance Theatre and UAA Department of Theatre and Dance
The Great Leap by Lauren Yee, Directed by Leslie Ishii

The Great Leap
by Lauren Yee
Directed by Leslie Ishii

Manford Lum knows the game of basketball like the back of his hand. After all, he’s basically a legend on the Chinatown courts. It’s 1989 in San Francisco, and a determined Manford talks his way onto the American team scheduled to play a “friendship” game in Beijing. But when he arrives, he finds himself smack in the midst of post cultural revolution China, where tensions are high and one wrong move could get him into serious trouble. Here, Manford must come to grips with his identity, his past, and the choices he now faces. In this witty and fast-paced comedy by award-winning playwright, Lauren Yee, there’s more at stake than winning and losing, and when personal loyalties and politics collide, it all comes down to the final buzzer.

Run time is 2:15 with a 15 minute intermission.

Performance Dates

PREVIEW - Wed 2/15 - 7:30pm Pay-As-You-Can

Fri 2/17 - 7:30pm
Sat 2/18 - 7:30pm
Sun 2/19 - 4:00pm PAYC at Door

Wed 2/22 - 7:30pm PAYC at Door
Thur 2/23 - 7:30pm
Fri 2/24 - 7:30pm
Sat 2/25 - 7:30pm
Sun 2/26 - 4:00pm

Thur 3/2 - 7:30pm
Fri 3/3 - 7:30pm
Sat 3/4 - 7:30pm
Sun 3/5 - 4:00pm

Juneau Performances February 17 - March 5, 2023, on the Perseverance Theatre Mainstage
Anchorage Performances March 17 -26, 2023 on the UAA Fine Arts Mainstage
Video-On-Demand Available March 3 -26, 2023

The Great Leap is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com