By Chandler Lutz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Here at CBS3, we’re continuing to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Chandler Lutz is introducing us to the first Asian-American actress to win an Emmy. She’s now performing the play “American Jade,” which is showing in our area.

A sneak peek of “American Jade” is now playing at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope.

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Actress and writer Jodi Long created the one woman show based on her life.

“I get to play these great characters. One is my Scottish great-grandmother. And I always thought it’d be sort of funny to like, have a face like me speak with a Scottish accent,” Long said. “It started because I felt that there were certain stories of my family, my mother and my father and others that I needed to get down because if I didn’t, they were so unique in my mind, that they would be lost.”

Long’s parents met at a New York nightclub. Her mother was a Japanese-American showgirl and her father was a Chinese-Australian tap dancer.

“My mother, six years after she got out of an internment camp, she was dancing on the Ed Sullivan show with my dad. I had two parents that didn’t have a lot of Asian culture. So the culture I really grew up in was showbusiness,” Long said.

By the age of seven, Long performed in her first Broadway show, and by college, she was a professionally trained actress.

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“Going from vaudeville to Shakespeare,” Long said.

In 2021, Long won an Emmy for her role in the Netflix show “Dash and Lily.”

“I’m the first Asian-American actor or actress in daytime or primetime to win an Emmy,” she said.

Breaking a barrier of her own, which is the theme of her play.

“It’s really about imprints — the imprints that we get from our parents, the emotional imprints. At the heart of it, it’s really about everybody’s family story,” Long said.

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Long says that by the end of the play you will understand its name. “American Jade” is at Bucks County Playhouse now through June 11.