By Lauren Yee; directed by Lisa Peterson. When a college basketball team from San Francisco is invited to China for an exhibition game in 1989, a smack-talking American coach prepares to take on his protégé--now grown and bent on crushing the Westerners. But after a public high school star from Chinatown joins the American team, his actions in Beijing become the accidental focus of attention, escalating the fractured history between the coaches.
Obie award-winning playwright Lauren Yee, a San Francisco native, developed this sports drama in an A.C.T. new plays program. In it, a San Francisco college basketball team attends an exhibition game in China during the Tiananmen Square protests; the result is a “collision of cultures and generations.” Lisa Peterson directs; cast includes San Francisco local and Broadway star BD Wong in the role he created, the Chinese team’s coach.