The Great Leap
By LAUREN YEE
Directed by JESCA PRUDENCIO
St. Germain Stage
“bubbles with humor, burns with passion”
Basketball. The quintessentially American sport becomes the focal point of Chinese-American relations when the foul-mouthed Saul Slezac is invited to China to teach the sport to Wen Chang, fresh out of the reeducation camps and determined to prove his loyalty to the Party. Before he returns to San Francisco, Saul declares that “no Chinese team will ever beat an American team…” thus laying down the gauntlet for his Chinese counterpart. Eighteen years later, Manford — a hot-headed kid from Chinatown — demands Saul’s attention, and admiration, on the court and wins his way onto the American team that’s been asked back to China to prove Saul’s challenge. Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band) mines her own family story in this tale of sports, international politics and unlikely friendships.
Sponsored in part by Arne Kotlen and Stephanie Fleckner & Carol and Alfred Maynard