Bob Ari, Keiko Green, Linden Tailor and Joseph Steven Yang Set for DCPA/Seattle Rep’s World Premiere of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP

The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) and Seattle Repertory Theatre are presenting the World Premiere production of The Great Leap, by 2017 Kesselring Award winner Lauren Yee. Eric Ting directs.

The World Premiere production will open at the DCPA Theatre Company in Denver on February 9, 2018, and then transfer to Seattle where it will open at Seattle Repertory Theatre on March 28, 2018 with the full cast and creative team intact. Both productions will feature Bob Ari (Saul), Keiko Green (Connie), Linden Tailor (Manford), and Joseph Steven Yang (Wen Chang).

The cast and creative team of Lauren Yee in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company's 'The Great Leap' on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore
The cast and creative team in the first rehearsal for the DCPA Theatre Company’s ‘The Great Leap’ on Jan. 9, 2018. Photo by John Moore

The productions will both include designs by Wilson Chin (Scenic Designer), Valérie Thérèse Bart (Costume Designer), Christopher Kuhl (Lighting Designer), Curtis Craig (Sound Designer), Shawn Duan (Projection Design), Kristin Leahey (Dramaturg), Elissa Myers Casting / Paul Foquet, CSA (Casting), and stage management by Jessica Bomball (Stage Manager), D. Lynn Reiland (Assistant Stage Manager).

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.

Joseph Steven Yang and playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by John Moore
Joseph Steven Yang and playwright Lauren Yee. Photo by John Moore

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.

Details for the DCPA Theatre Company production:
February 2 – March 11, 2018
The Ricketson Theatre
1400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202

Tickets for The Great Leap in Denver may be purchased at denvercenter.org, 303-893-4100 or in person in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex at 14th and Curtis.

Details for the Seattle Repertory Theatre production:
March 23 – April 22, 2018
Leo K. Theatre
Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA
Click here for tickets and more information.

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

ABOUT Seattle Repertory Theatre
Founded in 1963, Seattle Rep is led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. One of America’s premier not-for-profit resident theatres, Seattle Repertory Theatre has achieved international renown for its consistently high production and artistic standards, and was awarded the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre. With an emphasis on entertaining plays of true dramatic and literary worth, Seattle Rep produces a season of plays along with educational programs, new play workshops, and special presentations. Visit seattlerep.org.

ABOUT THE DENVER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation, presenting Broadway tours and producing theatre, cabaret, musicals, and innovative, immersive plays. Last season the DCPA engaged with more than 1.2 million visitors, generating a $150 million economic impact in ticket sales alone. Additionally, DCPA Education serves more than 105,000 students of all ages and skill levels through classes, in-school programs, matinees and audience engagement opportunities.

Programming at the DCPA is made possible through the generous support of the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District; Theatre Company sponsors Wells Fargo, Larimer Square and Daniel L. Ritchie, and media sponsors The Denver Post and CBS4. Please be advised that the DCPA is the ONLY authorized ticket seller for Broadway tours and shows by DCPA Theatre Company, Cabaret and Off-Center. Tickets bought through secondary ticket vendors may exceed face value or be invalid.

Follow the DCPA on social media @DenverCenter and at the DCPA’s online News Center.

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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