THE GREAT LEAP

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THE GREAT LEAP

By Lauren Yee

April 25–May 19, 2019
Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
A jump shot across borders

It’s 1989, and for a man with a past and one teen with a future, an exhibition basketball game in Beijing is a chance at something greater. Chinese coach Wen Chang is a quiet Party supporter and Manford is a kid with hustle from San Francisco’s Chinatown who makes up for his short stature with tenacious baller skill. As the story jumps back and forth in time, tensions rise right up to the final buzzer and history collides at the leap for a 3-point shot.

Running time: approx. 2 hr 10 min, including intermission

The Great Leap is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

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The Great Leap  is great fun

—The Globe and Mail

Very 21st-century-theatre, with a splash of ‘take this, Netflix

—Vancouver Sun

There is not one weak link in this tour de force

—Vancouver Presents

Artistic Team

Starring

  1. Toby Berner as Saul
  2. Milton Lim as Manford
  3. Jovanni Sy as Wen Chang
  4. Agnes Tong as Connie

Creative team

  1. Meg Roe Director
  2. Heipo C.H. Leung Set Designer
  3. Stephanie Kong Costume Designer
  4. John Webber Lighting Designer
  5. Alessandro Juliani Sound Designer
  6. Chimerik 似不像 Projection Design Team
    • Sammy Chien Projection Design Director
    • Shang-Han Chien Art Director
    • Andie Lloyd Assistant Projection Designer
    • Ivan So Assistant Graphic Artist
  7. Agnes Tong Movement Coach
  8. Caryn Fehr Stage Manager
  9. Geoff Jones Assistant Stage Manager
  10. Jasmine Chen Assistant Director and Cultural Creative Consultant

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About the Playwright

Award-winning American playwright Lauren Yee delved into family history for her basketball diary.

Source: Vancouver Sun
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Why Basketball Is China’s Biggest Sport

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