Diana Nyad turns her record swim into a 1-woman stage show in Florida


Diana Nyad, who made history as the first person to swim across the Florida Straits without a shark cage, isn’t scared of wading into another challenge — theater.

The 65-year-old endurance swimmer is performing “Onward! The Diana Nyad Story,” a one-woman show in Key West, Florida, near the spot where in 2013 she achieved her dream of 35 years.

“I think the show has a little bit of a lightening-in-a-bottle to it. I think big and I’d love to make it to Broadway,” she said by phone Friday. “But, as I’ve learned with anything, the only way to get there is to work quietly and slowly, step by step by step.”

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