2022-23 Season

The Great Leap

written by Lauren Yee

1989. An American college basketball team travels from San Francisco to Beijing for a “friendship game” against a Chinese squad.

Far from friendly, the matchup quickly becomes a high-stakes battle, as the American coach fights for his reputation and his Chinese counterpart fights for his life. Both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport.

Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans and Chinese-American player Manford, spies on his opponents.

Caught in the middle, Manford must prove his mettle on the court while unraveling a long-kept secret. Cultures and generations clash in this kinetic, darkly comic sports drama.

Inspired by events in her own father’s life, playwright Lauren Yee applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents).

 

"Full-court banter and intensity mark a gripping 'Great Leap!'" - The Washington Post

"'The Great Leap' scores with a mix of hoops and heartbreak." - Los Angeles Times

 

 

Thu / Fri / Sat 730pm Sun 2pm

Contains adult language and mature themes.  Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Jan
27
A
Feb
12
Tickets

Creative

Director Helen Young

Cast

Manford Ming Wu*

Wen Chang Richard Manera*

Saul Jason Grubbe*

Connie Zhanna Albertini

News

REVUE WEST MICHIGAN REVIEW: THE GREAT LEAP

Jan 30, 2023 / Revue West Michigan

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The cast of The Great Leap at Farmers Alley Theatre standing on the set.
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THE GREAT LEAP featured on WKZO

Jan 25, 2023 / WKZO

Farmers Alley Theatre Executive Director Rob Weiner went on WKZO's morning hour to talk about our upcoming production of The Great Leap by Lauren Yee. This brilliantly witty and fast-paced drama opens January 27 and runs through February 12th.

Listen as our Director & Star chat with WMUK's Cara Lieurance

WMUK Interview: The Great Leap

Jan 23, 2023 / WMUK

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Check out the Digital Program for The Great Leap

Jan 20, 2023 / BroadwayWorld Stage Mag

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The poster for The Great Leap at Farmers Alley Theatre

Farmers Alley Theatre Presents: The Great Leap by Lauren Yee

Jan 17, 2023

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Trailer for The Great Leap

Jan 17, 2023

This is not a game. Tickets are on sale now for this kinetic, darkly comic sports drama. Visit bit.ly/greatleaptkts or call our box office at (269) 343-2727.

1989. An American college basketball team travels from San Francisco to Beijing for a “friendship game” against a Chinese squad. Far from friendly, the matchup quickly becomes a high-stakes battle, as the American coach fights for his reputation and his Chinese counterpart fights for his life.

Both countries try to tease out the politics behind this newly popular sport. Cultures clash as the Chinese coach tries to pick up moves from the Americans, and Chinese-American player Manford, spies on his opponents. Caught in the middle, Manford must prove his mettle on the court while unraveling a long-kept secret.

Cultures and generations clash in this kinetic, darkly comic sports drama. Inspired by events in her own father’s life, playwright Lauren Yee applies a devilishly keen satiric eye to…her generation (and its parents).

"Full-court banter and intensity mark a gripping 'Great Leap!'" - The Washington Post

"'The Great Leap' scores with a mix of hoops and heartbreak." - Los Angeles Times

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