D'yan Forest (co-writer/performer) is a one of a kind performer. She’s not just another 80 old Singer/Actress, Stand Up Comic, Cabaret Artist. She’s an 80-year-old Singer/Actress, Stand Up Comic, Cabaret Artist, who plays the ukulele! Critics have called her everything from “saucy”,”witty” and “irrepressible” to names we can’t print here. D’yan has been entertaining around the world for seven decades and at 80, she’s busier than ever. Her current one person show, “A Broad Abroad” has been well received at Fringe Festivals in the United States and in Paris, where she performs the show in French.
While attending the Cite Universitaire de Paris, she began appearing in cafes, cabarets and nightclubs throughout the City Of Lights under the stage name, Diana Shulman. Paris appearances led to performing in other European countries. D’yan developed an international act with songs in nine languages and over the past few years, she’s not only become a fixture in Manhattan Cabarets like The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, The Ukulele Cabaret and The Cutting Room, but she can also be seen working on her distinctive stand up act (complete with ukulele) at Gotham Comedy Club, The Broadway Comedy Club, Le Poisson Rouge, Under St. Marks, and Dixon Place where she has developed her last two solo shows. www.dyanforest.com
Erik Kornfeld (co-writer/director) is a writer, director, songwriter who has written on THE ROSIE O’DONNEL SHOW (Emmy Nomination), THE CAROLINE RHEA SHOW, for VH1, MTV, HBO, CBS, Nickelodeon and others. As Bette Midler’s head writer for 14 years, he wrote her KISS MY BRASS TOUR and her Vegas extravaganza, THE SHOWGIRL MUST GO ON, which ran on HBO (Emmy Nomination). He writes Betty Buckley’s special material, worked with the great John Pinette, the immortal Elaine Stritch and has written song parodies for Barry Manilow, Hugh Jackman, Rita Moreno, Jane Krakowski and Roseanne Cash to name a few. His musical (book & lyrics), LOVE IN THE MIDDLE AGES enjoyed two sold out Off Broadway runs and was named “Fringe Favorite” in 2015’s New York Fringe Festival.