Diane Shaffer

Playwright Lyricist

 

Diane Shaffer graduated with a BFA in Theatre from the NYU School of the Arts.  She studied acting with Lee, Anna and John Strasberg and was a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit.

 

After acting in numerous regional and Off-Off Broadway productions, Diane joined a girl group named “The Steinettes.”  They appeared in the Robert Altman films, “Popeye” and “Health,” for which they co-wrote the music.  They hit the Billboard Charts with Robey’s “One Night in Bangkok,” provided McGuire Sisters vocals for the Broadway production of “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” were the opening act for Rodney Dangerfield and Martin Mull and headlined at The Village Gate.  They were profiled by Calvin Trillin for the New Yorker Magazine.  Though their appearances spanned television, film, radio, and clubs, they were most known for street singing on the corner of West Broadway and Spring Street in SoHo.

 

Diane’s play “Sacrilege” was produced on Broadway starring Ellen Burstyn and Giancarlo Esposito.  It was included in the Smith & Krause anthology “Women Playwrights – The Best Plays of 1995.”  The film version was, for a time, under the auspices of Martin Scorsese.  Diane’s collection of One-Act plays, “Solace at Twilight,” is published by Samuel French.  Her play “Viva la Vida!” starring Mercedes Ruehl was produced by Bay Street Theatre.  Actors Sylvia Miles, Jeffrey Tambor and Christopher Walken have done readings/staged readings of her work.   Her articles have been published in the Pulitzer Prize winning Patriot News and Ms Magazine’s blog. 

 

Diane was recently commissioned by the family of best-selling author Warren Adler to write a stage adaptation of his novel “Random Hearts” (also a film starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott Thomas). 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                           

 

                                                                                                            

 

Highlights

Co-wrote songs for Robert Altman's film HEALTH.

Broadway play SACRILEGE starring Ellen Burstyn and Giancarlo Esposito.

Play VIVA LA VIDA starring Mercedes Ruehl, Bay Street Theater.

Recent commission by the family of author Warren Adler to adapt Mr. Adler's best selling novel Random Hearts for the stage (also a film starring Harrison Ford and Kristin Scott-Thomas).

Articles in Ms. Magazine online and the Pulitzer Prize winning Patriot News.