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ABOUT THIS SHOW

The Great Leap tells the story of Manford Lum, a local star of the sidewalk basketball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown who strongarms his way onto an American college team travelling to Beijing for a “friendship” game. Set amidst the friction of post cultural revolution China, this Chicago premiere explores the cultural collide of identity and politics through the game of basketball. Witty and weighty, Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap keeps tensions high right up to the final buzzer.

FROM PLAYWRIGHT LAUREN YEE

“Growing up, my father dominated the basketball courts of San Francisco’s Chinatown, and in the 1980s, his legendary game won him a spot on a friendship team headed to a newly open China to play a series of exhibition games against the best teams in the People’s Republic. That nugget of his history formed the inspiration for my play The Great Leap nearly 40 years later." 

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Watch & Listen

Running Time

2 hours, which includes one intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not proactively offer advisories about the content of shows, as sensitivities vary from person to person. Click below to learn more about the content of the show.

If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Stage Effects Advisory

Steppenwolf does not proactively offer advisories about stage effects, as sensitivities vary from person to person. Click below to learn more about the stage effects used in the show.

If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Reviews

“Four-character comic drama… replete with the clichés of sports underdog nail-biters, angry-young-teen stories and roads-not-taken dramas of middle-age regret… The Great Leap does not disappoint.” – The New York Times

Press

“Fall Arts Preview 2019: Director Jesca Prudencio on Sports, Family and Culture in Lauren Yee’s 'The Great Leap'” – Newcity Stage

“Five Plays you should See This Fall” – Crains Chicago Business

“Lauren Yee’s ‘The Great Leap’ takes a jump shot on past to reach the future” – Rolling Out

Reserve Tickets

Running Time

2 hours, which includes one intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not proactively offer advisories about the content of shows, as sensitivities vary from person to person. Click below to learn more about the content of the show.

If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Stage Effects Advisory

Steppenwolf does not proactively offer advisories about stage effects, as sensitivities vary from person to person. Click below to learn more about the stage effects used in the show.

If you have further questions, contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Accessible Performances

Open captioned:
Thursday, September 26 at 7:30pm and Saturday, October 19 at 3pm

ASL interpreted:
Sunday, September 29 at 7:30pm

Audio-described and touch tour:
Sunday, October 13 at 3pm (1:30pm touch tour, 3pm curtain)