About Diana

Playwright

I am a small, quiet, middle-aged white woman who can write the street hipster and crack addict, born-again and con artist, Texas cowboy and British Earle as well as the Carries and Juliets. My first play was Fast Girls.  It was immediately produced and went on to be published, broadcast in Europe as a BBC Radio Play, and produced all over the world. I wrote Fast Girls to be commercial–-and it has been. Other plays, I wrote by opening a vein.  Iken’s Perversion would be in this category.   So with Carnival Round the Central Figure. My recent play, The Dodgers, premiered in Los Angeles at the Hudson Theater in January 2016 for a six-week run.  Hailed by critics and a magnet for industry and audience, The Dodgers will soon be making a  commercial transfer to New York City. My plays are about people under pressure, and what they do to stay sane and compassionate.  Pressure forces change. And that’s what stories are about: someone who changes.

I would like to thank:

  • Gene Frankel for telling me I should be writing plays.
  • Larry Harbison for going to bat for me on many occasions.
  • Stephen Rosenfield for teaching me how to write a “house laugh.”
  • John Gould Rubin for being a straight-up human being.
  • Ted Rawlins for producing the first play I wrote.
  • Evan Bernardin for being the force behind The Dodgers.
  • Dave Solomon for being the best director I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

Playwright Bio

2016: The Dodgers makes its world premiere on the main stage of The Hudson Theater in Los Angeles for a six-week developmental run with Broadway stars Corbin Bleu, Emma Hunton, Eric Nelsen and Jared Gertner plus award-winning newcomer Talisa Friedman and future leading man Asher Grodman.

Historically: Diana wrote her first play in 1990. It was produced that same year at the American Stage Company in Teaneck, New Jersey. That play was Fast Girls:

  • Published by Samuel French
  • Produced around the world
  • Presented as a long-running commercial production in Montreal
  • The recipient of a Masque Award in Montreal
  • Commissioned as a radio play by the BBC

Diana has been commissioned by the BBC, Manhattan Class Company, Shake-a-Leg Foundation, and Stanley Brechner. She received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and won 1st Place in the BBC Radio Play Contest; and selection for HBO’s Play to Screen Series.

Fast Girls plus Sex and Death: An Evening of One-Acts are published by Samuel French.  Carnival Round the Central Figure is published by Broadway Play Publishing, and Beautiful Clear-Eyed Woman by Playscripts.  Diana is further published in scene and monologue anthologies from St. Martins Press, Smith and Kraus, and Applause Books.

Diana’s plays had full productions at the Atlantic Second Stage, Abingdon Theatre, the American Stage Company, Cucaracha and Image Quilt Theatre.

Her radio plays are broadcast in Germany and Britain. She maintains an active practice as script coach, script doctor and dramaturg.; and she is Director of Writer Programs at Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU).

In 2011, her play/extravanganza Carnival Round the Central Figure was produced by Kori Rushton’s IRT Theatre in New York City, directed by Atlantic Theater Company founding member Karen Kohlhaas, where it garnered a laudatory review in the New York Times.

In November 2013, Carnival Round the Central Figure was produced by Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company in Houston, TX and by Symmetry Theatre in San Francisco; and received exceptional reviews in both cities.

Screenwriter

I’m climbing.  On the Screen-mountain up! I’ve had screenplays optioned and just-almost made; I’ve penned screenplays-for-hire; and been consulted by the big guns of the industry.  As of early 2016:

My newest screenplay, Three Minute-Man, is a job-for-hire with Michele Wilson Jones.  When I complete the screenplay in October 2015, she and I form a production company around it: Brass Ring Pictures LLC.

That screenplay project has now found a passionate producer! As of February 2016, Brass Ring Pictures signs a Movie Producing deal with an eminent Los Angeles producer to option the screenplay and package it with director, financier, and powerful LA talent manager for movie stars.

In the past, I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the most talented folks in the industry including Art Linson, Marty Bregman, Susan Seidelman, and Wendy Oberman in London.  I’ve been walked into meetings at Disney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, and my personal fave, Dan Jinks.