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Lauren Yee's The Great Leap Extends One Week

Atlantic Theater Company's New York premiere production features BD Wong and more.

BD Wong and Ali Ahn rehearse The Great Leap.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

Atlantic Theater Company has announced a one-week extension of the New York premiere production of The Great Leap, written by Lauren Yee and directed by Taibi Magar. The production, which begins performances on May 23, will now play through June 24, with an opening on June 4.

The Great Leap will feature Ali Ahn (The Path), Ned Eisenberg (Six Degrees of Separation), Tony Aidan Vo (No-No Boy), and Tony Award winner BD Wong (Mr. Robot). The play is described as follows: "San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a 'friendship' game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history." It is loosely based on the life and short-lived basketball career of playwright Yee's father.

This production will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by Eric Southern, sound design and original music by Palmer Hefferan, projection design by David Bengali, and movement direction by Jesse Perez.

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