The Great Leap
Presented by OKC Rep in partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary
Nov. 10 | 7 p.m. | Opening night plus post-show reception
Nov. 11 | 8 p.m.
Nov. 12 and 19 | 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Nov. 13 and 20 | 2 p.m.
Nov. 17 and 18 | 8 p.m.
Main Building | Te Ata Theater
When an American basketball team travels to Beijing for a “friendship game” in the post-Cultural Revolution 1980s, both countries try to tease out the politics of this newly popular sport. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, the game is a chance to claim personal victories on and off the court. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as a pivotal moment in history collides with the action in the arena. Driven by rapid-fire dialogue, this perceptive new play explored the cultural and political risks of raising your voice and standing your ground.
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About the Creator
Lauren Yee was the second most-produced playwright in America for the 2019-20 theatrical season (per American Theatre Magazine). Her plays include Cambodian Rock Band (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep) and The Great Leap (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Steppenwolf). Honors: Doris Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship, no. 1 and no 2 plays on 2017 Kilroys List. New Dramatists, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm alum. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. More: laurenyee.com