The Denver Center presents

The Great Leap

February 2 – March 11, 2018

The Denver Center presents the premiere of THE GREAT LEAP, February 2 – March 11 on the Ricketson Theatre. When an American college basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game in 1989, the drama on the court goes deeper than the strain between their countries. For two men with a past and one teen with a future, it’s a chance to stake their moment in history and claim personal victories off the scoreboard. American coach Saul grapples with his relevance to the sport, Chinese coach Wen Chang must decide his role in his rapidly-changing country and Chinese American player Manford seeks a lost connection. Tensions rise right up to the final buzzer as history collides with the action in the stadium. Yee’s unexpected and touching story is inspired by events in her own father’s life.

Playwright Lauren Yee’s fearless, modern plays have been produced by over 15 theatre companies, developed at over 17 and lauded by many. Most recently, her play King of the Yees won the Women’s Invitational at the Ashland New Play Festival, and is being produced by four regional theatres this season alone.  

Travel down the court to see THE GREAT LEAP, playing now through March 11th at the Ricketson Theatre in the Denver Center Complex. For tickets or more information, contact the Denver Center Box Office by calling 303-893-4100 or online at

The Great Leap is the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award

Produced in Association with Seattle Repertory Theater


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