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Performing Arts

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The Great Leap
May 1 - 9, 2021 Tickets on sale now! To purchase tickets, go to https://pcm.booktix.com/.
General Admission $15.00 | Senior/Student $9.00 | Household $25.00
Times: Matinee (2:00 p.m.) May 1, 2, 8, & 9 | Evening (7:00 p.m.) May 5, 6, & 7

Playwright: Lauren Yee
Director: Desdemona Chiang


Following on the success of playwright Lauren Yee's enhanced stage readings of King of the Yees at the Portland Chinatown Museum in 2018, the Museum will present the Portland premiere of another of her popular works, The Great Leap, directed by Desdemona Chiang. Performances of the enhanced virtual online readings will run from May 1 - 9, 2021 and a live Q&A will follow each reading.

The Great Leap tells the story of Manford Lum, a local star of the sidewalk basketball courts in San Francisco's Chinatown who strong-arms his way onto an American college team traveling to Beijing for a “friendship” game in 1989. The story leaps back and forth in time in a tale that weaves together political and family history with the notion that sometimes there's more to life than making the shot. The reading will be directed by Desdemona Chiang with sound design by Robertson Witmer and visuals by Adam Wiley. Chiang will also direct Portland Center Stage's upcoming world premiere of Lauren's newest play, Young Americans.

The cast will include three actors from Desdemona's 2019 Guthrie Theater production of The Great Leap. Lawrence Kao will reprise his role as the impulsive basketball hotshot, Manford. Lee Sellars will play Saul, the American basketball coach, and Kurt Kwan will portray the unwitting Chinese official trained by Saul who becomes the Beijing University coach. They will be joined by Portland area actor, Barbie Wu, who will play Connie, Manford's friend and de facto guardian.

Please note that this play contains strong language as well as racial and ethnic slurs.

Photo: Actor Lawrence Kao (left) as Manford Lum, and Kurt Kwan (right) as Wen Chang. Photos from the Guthrie production of The Great Leap by Dan Norman.