Star of TBS' SULLIVAN & SON Jodi Long Revives One-Woman Show SURFING DNA in West Hollywood, Now thru 9/29
Best known for her role as 'Ok Cha Sullivan' on TBS' hit comedy series "Sullivan & Son," the beautiful and talented actress/filmmaker Jodi Long will reprise her role in the award-winning, one-woman play SURFING DNA from tonight, September 7th-September 29th at the Working Stage Theatre in West Hollywood.
Directed by Frank Megna, SURFING DNA is a journey of Long's self-discovery and an exploration of the imprinted forces - genetic, cultural and emotion - that steer us through life. Born in a trunk to vaudevillian parents on the Chop Suey Circuit (her father was a Chinese-Aussie tap dancer and her mother was a Japanese-American showgirl), Long hilariously and poignantly surfs on a trek from the Ed Sullivan Show to medieval Japan to the Scottish Highlands. All the while, she is undeniably feuded by the forces embedded in her DNA and compelled by the evolutionary power of self-creation. The play originally premiered in 2006 at the East West Players Theatre garnering an Ovation Nomination for 'Best Solo Performance."
The incredible actress is also a talented filmmaker, writing and co-producing the Asian Pacific Film Festival's "Best Documentary" winner, LONG STORY SHORT, her personal family story about the sacrifices and perseverance of her vaudevillian parents 'Larry and Trudie', a popular husband-and-wife nightclub act of the '40s and '50s (www.longstoryshortdocumentary.com).
Raised in New York, Long embarked on her illustrious theater career performing since the age of seven when she made her Broadway debut in Nowhere to Go But Up directed by Sidney Lumet. Since then, Long has performed in several Broadway plays including the 2002 revival of Flower Drum Song in which she garnered an Ovation Award for her performance, Sondheim's Getting Away with Murder, Loose Ends, and The Bacchae. Other stage credits include Wendy Wasserstein's Old Money, Hamlet (played 'Ophelia'), Bus Stop and Phillip Glass/David Henry Hwang's 1000 Airplanes on the Roof, a one-woman multimedia monologue in which she toured the USA, Europe and Australia.
Although Long is often recognized for her hilarious line "Ling! Ling! You forgot your bling bling!" in THE HOT CHICK and as 'Patty,' the power lesbian, in "Sex and the City" Long has had several other notable television/film roles, some of which include her co-starring role opposite Valerie Bertinelli in "Café Americain", as Margaret Cho's mother in "All American Girl," as Alicia Silverstone's secretary in "Miss Match" and her recurring roles on "The Cosby Show," "Eli Stone," and "Law and Order: LA."
Photo Credit: Bobby Quillard
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