Review for Fast Girls production by Old Academy Players

My play FAST GIRLS was recently produced by the Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance in East Falls (Philadelphia), PA. “Ensconced in a cozy, lived-in, cluttered set presides a comical play about women, with a Neil Simon sensibility. The title belies the truth of the tale told. The room is homey […]

JIM KIERSTEAD, Broadway Producer

As of September 2017, Diana’s play “The Dodger,” produced in LA February 2016, has been optioned by Jim Kierstead, noted Broadway producer (Kinky Boots, Waitress, Dream Girls London, Indecent).

Diana Brings Together Clients and Producers

November 2016 kicks off with the first gathering in New York City for the formation of Shareholder Productions. Watch here for more news about how you can be part of this unique community powered by the writing, drive and dreams of its members.

How much do you listen?

Smart Writer’s Guide to Notes! Writers get notes: suggestions about how to rewrite a particular piece of work. Notes may be as informal as your boyfriend’s comments on that last chapter or as rigorous as a sit-down with an influential producer. When do you listen? When do you not? Choose just a few people you […]

15 Resolutions that Writers Need 2015

Whether you’re a newcomer to writing or an established pro, I know you’ll find value in my list of crucial do’s. 1. Do the prep work.  Writing is a series of decisions; some are made prior to the actual composition.  These include calculating the time-frame of your story (chronology), deciding on cast of characters, establishing […]


It’s official! Diana is commissioned by Jennifer Decker, Artistic Director of Mildred’s Umbrella Theater Company in Houston, TX, to write a new play based on the true life story of Aspasia, a powerful Athenian courtesan of the 4th century B.C. Deadline for delivery of The Brazen Harlot is March, 2015.             […]

Death Be Not Predictable – NYT Review

“How do you think he looks? Better?” the dying man’s wife asks a visitor to his hospital room. The hopefulness in her voice is unmistakable. But the gaunt 38-year-old patient is clearly not long for this world. Still, his wife babbles on about his future, using words as a wall to hold back her despair […]

BWW Interviews: Jennifer Decker and Diana Amsterdam Talk CARNIVAL ROUND THE CENTRAL FIGURE

Continuing their 2013-14 season, Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company is producing Diana Amsterdam’s CARNIVAL ROUND THE CENTRAL FIGURE. In the play, Kate visits the deathbed of a close friend and through a series of theatrical dreams and nightmares must acknowledge that no matter how much denial, positive thinking or prayer people practice to avoid death, the […]

Fast Girls hits the stage running

Fast Girls, by Diana Amsterdam, is a fast-paced comedy that reads very much like a classic 1980’s sitcom. Set in 1988 New York City, the show focuses on Lucy, who just broke up with her long-term boyfriend Sidney. To deal with the break-up, she’s been filling her nights with one-night-stands, random flings and general promiscuity. […]

Next Up – “FAST GIRLS” by Diana Amsterdam

A precursor to Sex and the City, this fast-paced comedy is a buddy story about two single women during the late eighties, when the sexual revolution had hit a definite snag. Lucy Lewis loves men, being single, and playing the field; she is a successful career woman and a “fast girl.” Her neighbor Abigail McBride […]