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The Great Leap at Pasadena Playhouse

Dates

11/6/2019 - 12/1/2019

Theatre

Pasadena Playhouse


39 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena,CA 91101
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$25+
Phone: 626-356-7529


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When an American basketball team travels to Beijing for an exhibition game, the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries, and a young players actions abroad become the accidental focus of attention. Building tension right up to the buzzer, this sharp-witted new drama directed by Tony Award winner BD Wong is about much more than making the shot, as two men with a past and one teen with a future struggle for their own personal victories.

News About The Great Leap at Pasadena Playhouse


James Aaron Oh, Monica Ho, and More to Star in Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP
September 09, 2021

The cast of The Great Leap will feature James Aaron Oh as “Manford,” Monica Ho as “Connie,” Alex Hsu* as “Wen Chang,” and Tim Kniffin as “Saul.”

Directors and Music Directors Announced For the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS
August 19, 2021

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced this year’s directors and music directors for the 33rd Annual FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which will be held on Thursday, October 21 and Friday, October 22, 2021.

San Francisco Playhouse Presents THE SONG OF THE SUMMER By Lauren Yee
July 09, 2021

San Francisco Playhouse presents The Song of Summer by Lauren Yee, directed by Bill English.

Casting Announced For THE SONG OF THE SUMMER By Lauren Yee at San Francisco Playhouse
June 26, 2021

San Francisco Playhouse announced casting for The Song of Summer by Lauren Yee, directed by Bill English.

George Salazar, MJ Rodriguez and More Nominated for LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards
January 28, 2021

Nominees for the 31st Annual LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards were announced today and some familiar Broadway names are among the nominations.

BWW Interview: Elizabeth Doran & Eric Woodall of North Carolina Theatre
July 27, 2020

On June 8th, North Carolina Theatre announced that based on recommendations from the City of Raleigh and given the circumstances surrounding the current health pandemic, they ended up canceling the remainder of their 2019-20 Season, which includes productions of Memphis, The Sound of Music, and Edges.

WITCH, INDECENT and More Announced as Recipients of 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
April 28, 2020

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre today, Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

George Salazar, Eden Espinosa & More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards
March 27, 2020

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the nominees for theatrical excellence for the year 2019. This year they are forgoing their annual event ceremony and will instead post the award recipients online in the upcoming weeks: 

Culture Clash will Return to Berkeley Repertory Theatre with CULTURE CLASH (STILL) IN AMERICA
January 13, 2020

Berkeley Repertory Theatre today announced that Bay Area natives and provocateurs, Culture Clash, are returning with their latest production, Culture Clash (Still) in America. The play, written and performed by Culture Clash and directed by Obie Award winner Lisa Peterson, marks the fifth time the satirical group has performed at Berkeley Rep.

Review Roundup: THE GREAT LEAP at Pasadena Playhouse - Read the Reviews!
November 15, 2019

Pasadena Playhouse presents a co-production with East West Players, the Los Angeles premiere of Lauren Yee's The Great Leap, directed by Tony Award winner BD Wong. From the author of Cambodian Rock Band and King of the Yees, comes the story of an American basketball team in Beijing where the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries, and where a young player's actions become the accidental focus of attention.

Photo Flash: Awkwafina, Margaret Cho and More Attended Opening Night of THE GREAT LEAP
November 12, 2019

Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, in association with East West Players, presents the Los Angeles premiere of Lauren Yee's The Great Leap. Urgent, sharp-witted and fast-paced, The Great Leap is an unforgettable night of theater. As two men from different cultures reunite and find themselves at a crossroads - one man struggling to keep his career alive and an old friend flourishing in a career he never wanted - a young Chinese-American gets lost in the Tiananmen Square Protest and finds himself at the accidental center of international attention. All three men must face their past and struggle to find their own personal victories in this compelling drama directed by Tony Award winner BD Wong.

Photo Flash: First Look at THE GREAT LEAP at Pasadena Playhouse
November 12, 2019

Pasadena Playhouse presents a co-production with East West Players, the Los Angeles premiere of Lauren Yee's The Great Leap, directed by Tony Award winner BD Wong. From the author of Cambodian Rock Band and King of the Yees, comes the story of an American basketball team in Beijing where the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries, and where a young player's actions become the accidental focus of attention.

BWW Interview: BD Wong Taking THE GREAT LEAP To New Perspectives
November 06, 2019

In his Broadway debut in 1988, BD Wong won his Tony Award (Best Featured Actor in a Play) for his ground-breaking role of Song Liling in David Henry Hwang's M. BUTTERFLY. Over the last year, in between shooting his two television series (as Whiterose on Mr. Robot, and as Awkwafina's father in Comedy Central's Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens), BD has managed to star in two theatrical productions of Lauren Yee's THE GREAT LEAP (in New York and in San Francisco), and now will be directing THE GREAT LEAP at the Pasadena Playhouse, which begins previews today November 6, 2019.

Casting Announced for THE GREAT LEAP at Pasadena Playhouse
October 16, 2019

Pasadena Playhouse, the State Theater of California, presents a co-production with East West Players, the Los Angeles premiere of Lauren Yee's The Great Leap, directed by Tony Award winner BD Wong. From the author of Cambodian Rock Band and King of the Yees, comes the story of an American basketball team in Beijing where the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries, and where a young player's actions become the accidental focus of attention.

East West Players Announces Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS As The Spring 2020 Production
October 09, 2019

East West Players (EWP), the nation's longest running theatre of color and largest producer of Asian American theatrical work, announces that it will close out its 54th season with a new production of Stephen Sondheim's Assassins - the wickedly subversive Tony-award winning musical that tells the story of the nine notorious Americans who took their shot at the President of the United States. 

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