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Inside Look Workshops

The Great Leap

July 7-9, 2017

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Lauren Yee
Directed by Will Davis

San Francisco, spring 1989.  Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a "friendship" game.  His background is a mystery, but he can sink 100 free throws in a row, so who cares?  When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. There’s more at stake on the court than just who wins or loses.  Inspired by events from the life (and short-lived basketball career) of playwright Lauren Yee’s father.

The Homecoming Queen

July 28-30, 2017

In the Susan Stein Shiva Theater

By Ngozi Anyanwu

Directed by Awoye Timpo

A bestselling novelist returns to Nigeria to care for her ailing father, but before she can bury him, she must relearn the traditions she's long forgotten. Having been absent for over a decade, she must collide with her culture, traumatic past, painful regrets, and the deep, deep love she thought she could never have.