Special Support for THE GREAT LEAP provided by:

Honorary Producers: Linda & David Glickstein, Victor Keen & Jeanne Ruddy, June & Steve Wolfson

THE GREAT LEAP

It's 1989 and Manford Lum, renowned for his basketball hustle in Chinatown, tries to talk his way on to a college team destined for a "friendship" game in China. Coach Saul blocks him hard, but Manford rebounds and launches himself on a journey to a homeland he's never known.  Bouncing between Beijing and San Francisco, between 1989 and 1971, this clever and theatrical play looks at America’s arms-length relationship with Communist China and the post-Cultural Revolution through a story about two generations of basketball players.  Smart, funny and heart-pumping, Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP will have you on your feet for the final buzzer.

“...a radiant invisibility throughout this four-character comic drama...The Great Leap does not disappoint.”
— The New York Times

by Lauren Yee
directed by Seth Rozin

May 31 - June 23, 2019

Tuesday - Wednesday @ 7pm
Thursday - Saturday @ 8pm
Sunday @ 2pm

Running time: 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission

Cast

Richard Chan* Manford Lum Scott Greer* Saul

Justin Jain* Wen Chang Bi Jean Ngo* Connie

*Appearing through an Agreement between InterAct Theatre Company and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Creative Team

Lauren Yee Playwright Claris Park Assistant Director Jess DeStefano* Production Manager

Seth Rozin Director Mellie Katakalos Set Designer Tom Helmer* Stage Manager

Erin Washburn Dramaturg Peter Whinnery Lighting Designer John Kolbinski Audio Engineer

Natalia DeLaTorre Costume Designer Daneil Ison Sound Designer

John Allerheiligen Master Electrician Kate Henderson Production Asst.

Special Events

PAY WHAT YOU CAN PERFORMANCE - THURSDAY, MAY 30 at 8 PM

Be the first to see THE GREAT LEAP, pay what you wish, and support a fantastic organization all at the same time! Cash only donations will be collected at the door beginning at 7pm. All door proceeds will benefit a forthcoming community partner.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7 - “ACTION HAPPY HOUR” BENEFITING THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF PHILADELPHIA

Stop by before the 8 PM performance of THE GREAT LEAP! Grab a drink and a snack in our comfortable lobby, while mingling for a good cause with fellow patrons. From 7 - 8 PM, 50% of all concessions sales will be donated to The Council!

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to informing and engaging people of all ages on matters of national and international significance. The Council provides its members and the greater Philadelphia community with access to influential figures in the global arena as well as opportunities to visit fascinating destinations through its unique travel program. With the support of individual and corporate members, the Council's global education program enhances the education of area students who are the citizens, workforce, and leaders of the future. Carrying its mission beyond Philadelphia, the Council produces the national public television series, The Whole Truth with David Eisenhower.

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SPEAKER SUNDAYS

Following our 2 pm Sunday matinees, join Producing Artistic Director Seth Rozin and an expert speaker in a moderated discussion examining the real world issues portrayed through the play. Our Speaker Sunday guests will be announced shortly.

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 9: Dr. Salman Akhtar, Psychiatrist - Jefferson University

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 16

  • SUNDAY, JUNE 23

COFFEE CONVERSATIONS

On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, stick around after the show for informal discussions with the artists, complimentary coffee from Rival Bros. and treats from Insomnia Cookies.

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 11

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12

  • TUESDAY, JUNE 18

  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

AUDIENCE DISCUSSIONS

Discussions occur after all other performances during the run. These will be facilitated by local community members to foster conversation after the show, connecting the themes and events of the play to our larger community.

PARENTS DAY OUT!

Drama for you + Drama free for your kids!
Presented by InterAct Theatre Company & Creative Caretakers

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Sunday, June 16, 1:30 – 5:00 pm -- for only $25,

While you take in our 2 pm matinee, we’ll be throwing a drama party at The Drake, for potty-trained kids 3 and up! For $25 ($10 for each additional sibling), your child will enjoy 3.5 hours of theatre-themed daycare from Creative Caretakers.

Make your reservation with Creative Caretakers directly. On the day of, drop your kids off in the Arcadia Foundation Lobby at The Drake. We’ll escort you and your kids to our rehearsal room-turned-drama camp. Then you’ll head up to the show while your kids play downstairs! Stay for the post-show discussion or pick your kids up right after the play—either way, your kids will get quality care while you enjoy quality art.

To reserve, contact Amber Emory at creativecaretakerswanted@gmail.com with the subject line Parents Day Reservation 6/16. Caretaker payment will be made by cash, check or Venmo at pick-up after the show. Availability is limited, so RSVP Today!

To learn more about Creative Caretakers go to https://www.mz-initiative.org/creativecaretakers or their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/creativecaretakers