“Remarkable and enthralling . . . just the right measure of humor, charm, and passion.”
Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination and Face Masks are required to attend this peformance.
• MASKS REQUIRED: All guests must wear a properly fitting mask over the nose and mouth in the theatre except when eating or drinking in designated areas.
• VACCINATIONS REQUIRED: All guests must be fully vaccinated to enter the theatre and must present digital or physical proof at the door.
• Children under 12 and people with a medical condition or closely held religious belief that prevents vaccination may show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
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• Guests who do not comply with these policies will be denied entry to the theater.
Written by and Starring Jodi Long
Directed by Eric Rosen
Schedule Change: American Jade will now open the 2022 Summer Season at the Playhouse. Details and performance times to be announced soon.
The first Asian-American to win an Emmy in any acting category, Jodi Long breaks barriers even as she follows in her family’s well-worn footsteps. Jodi’s Chinese-Australian, tap-dancing father and Japanese American mother were a popular nightclub act on the Chop Suey Circuit in the 1940s and ‘50s. Her parents appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and her father even made it to Broadway. “American Jade” brings her entire family’s story to life — chronicling their ups and downs both on stage and off. At the center of Jodi’s journey are imprints. The ones we are born with, the emotional imprints from our family and the societal imprints that are thrust upon us, Executed with grace and zeal, “American Jade” is a story of humor, passion, and perseverance against insurmountable odds and the ravages of racism.
ABOUT JODI LONG (Writer/Performer)
Emmy winning actress for her role as Mrs. Basil E in Netflix’s Dash and Lily, Jodi is a veteran of stage, film and television. She made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of five Broadway shows she would go on to appear in as an adult: Loose Ends with Kevin Kline, The Bacchae with Irene Papas, Stephen Sondheim’s Getting Away with Murder and the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, for which she won an Ovation Award at The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Numerous off-Broadway productions include Wendy Wasserstein’s Old Money (Lincoln Center) Red and The Wash (Manhattan Theater Club), David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child and Family Devotions (Public Theater) and The Tooth of Crime (LaMama). At Pan Asian Rep, she portrayed Titania in a multi lingual production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tisa Chang, Rowher and Monkey Music by Margaret Lamb. Jodi also performed in the World Tour of Phillip Glass/David Henry Hwang’s 90 minute solo piece A 1000 Airplanes on The Roof.
Film work includes: Marvel’s SHANG CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, The Tale with Laura Dern (HBO), Beginners with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer, Paul Schrader’s Patty Hearst, Mike Newell’s Sour Sweet, Striking Distance, Rollover and The Hot Chick.
Television series: Dash and Lily, “Okcha” in TBS’s Sullivan and Son, AMC’s Falling Water, Margaret Cho’s mother in All American Girl, Cafe Americain with Valerie Bertinelli, and Miss Match with Alicia Silverstone. And yes, Jodi is Patty “the power lesbian”, in that episode of Sex in The City .
In 2019 Jodi’s one woman play, Surfing DNA, was produced at NJ Rep and was named top ten NJ theater performances. In 2006 at East West Players in Los Angeles. Jodi wrote and co-produced a documentary about her vaudevillian parents, Long Story Short directed by Christine Choy that played film festivals all over, winning numerous awards including Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Long Story Short was voted one of the top ten documentaries by UCLA’s Asia Institute.