New Jersey Repertory Company is presenting Surfing My DNA, written and performed by Ovation Award winning actress/playwright Jodi Long, for a limited engagement from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 26, 2019. NJ Rep is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, NJ.
Eric Rosen directs the solo show, which also features composer/musician Yukio Tsuji.
Surfing My DNA is the true story of a popular husband and wife nightclub act of the ’40s and ’50s narrated and framed by the experiences of their daughter, Jodi. Combining a family’s journey, show business history and the ravages of racism, it is a tale of humor, passion, and perseverance against insurmountable odds.
Jodi Long made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of 5 Broadway shows: Loose Ends with Kevin Kline, The Bacchae with Irene Papas, Stephen Sondheim’s Getting Away With Murder and the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Flower Drum Song, for which she won an Ovation Award at The Mark Taper Forum. Lincoln Center, Public Theater, Roundabout, MTC, ranging from Wasserstein to Shakespeare to originating 5 David Hwang plays. Film: Beginners with Ewan McGregor, Patty Hearst, Sour Sweet, The Hot Chick, Striking Distance and Rollover with Jane Fonda. TV: Okcha in “Sullivan And Son,” Margaret Cho’s mother in “All American Girl,” “Cafe American,” “Falling Water”. Ms. Long wrote and co-produced the award winning documentary Long Story Short about her vaudevillian parents. Her one woman show, Surfing My DNA, garnered her an Ovation Nomination for Best Solo Performance.
YUKIO TSUJI (Composer and Performer) Yukio Tsuji (shakuhachi, percussion) has collaborated on more than 200 productions over the years. Throughout his career, he has worked with many major theater directors including Estelle Parsons, Ellen Stewart, Jerome RoBbins, Julie Taymor, Sir Peter Hall, John Dexter, Andre Serban, and Elizabeth Swados. Yukio’s Broadway credits are extensive,(featuring Al Pacino): OEDIPUS, FATHER, and SALOME (directed by Estelle Parsons). A frequent collaborator with Estelle Parsons, he also composed and performed music for her productions of MACBETH, NIGHT OVER TAOS and LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT. Yukio was a co-arranger and performer on the Broadway production of M.BUTERFLY. He also created original music for TRANSPOSED HEAD (directed by Julie Taymor), “Window of The City” for the Shanghai Expo. 9 Acts production of TANTALAS (directed by Sir Peter Hall with The Royal Shakespeare Company), the New York City Ballet production of WATERMIL (directed by Jerome Robins). He composed and performed the title music for the film YEAR OF THE DRAGON, and created more than twenty-five hours of music for Kei Takei’s Moving Earth Dance Company. Yukio is also a founding member of the New York-based Sara Galas Band with Sara Galassini.
Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm; Sundays at 2pm. A special talk-back with Ms. Long will be presented on Thursday, May 2 following the performance. A meet-and-greet with reception will follow the Saturday, May 4th evening performance.
Tickets are $30-$60 plus service fee and may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org
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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