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Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company's 2019/20 season of complex, beautiful and maddening theater kicks off with a thrilling Chicago premiere by in-demand playwright, Lauren Yee, directed by Jesca Prudencio. Set in 1989, The Great Leap tells the story of Manford Lum, a local star of the sidewalk basketball courts of San Francisco's Chinatown who strongarms his way onto an American college team travelling to Beijing for a "friendship" game. Set amidst the friction of the post-Cultural Revolution era, The Great Leap keeps tensions high right up to the final buzzer.


The Great Leap is currently playing (opening is Monday, September 16) and runs through October 20, 2019 in the Upstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St. Press performances are Sunday, September 15 at 3pm and Wednesday, September 18 at 7:30pm. Single tickets ($20 - $89) are on sale now through Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org. Classic and Flex Memberships are currently available for the 2019/20 Season. To purchase a Membership and secure the best seats at the lowest prices, contact Audience Services at 312-335-1650 or steppenwolf.org/memberships.

Photo Credit: Gracie Meier

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Arnel Sacianco and Rashaad Hall

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Leelai Demoz

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
David Schmitz, Leelai Demoz

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Hallie Gordon, Johnathan Berry and JC Clementz

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Leelai Demoz, Glenn Obrero, Deanna Myers, Jesca Prudencio, Keith Kupferer and James Seol

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Glenn Obrero, Deanna Myers, Jesca Prudencio, Lauren Yee, Keith Kupferer and James Seol

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Vinh Nguyen and Glenn Obrero

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Rasean Davonte Johnson, Pornchanok (Nok) Kanchanabanca, Michael Commendatore and Katie Travers

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Jesca Prudencio

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Deanna Myers and Lauren Yee

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Celeste M. Cooper, Lowell Thomas and Christina El Gamal

Photo Flash: THE GREAT LEAP Celebrates Opening Night at Steppenwolf
Jesca Prudencio and Glenn Obrero


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