Thursday, November 5, 2015
8:00pm (Reception, 6:30-7:30pm)
Diana Nyad
in conversation with Marcia Cross

Find a Way

Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre
New Roads School

Herb Alpert Educational Village
3131 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404

$20 General Admission seating
$30 Reserved Section seating
$45 Reserved Section Seating + Nyad’s book
$95 Includes pre-event reception, Reserved section seat + Nyad’s book

Back in the 1970s, DIANA NYAD was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. After setting a world record circling Manhattan, Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for National Public Radio, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times. Nyad owns a fitness business,, with best friend Bonnie Stoll. She has written three books and speaks French and Spanish fluently. Nyad has also earned a reputation as a uniquely passionate and entertaining public speaker.

Diana Nyad’s amazing, inspiring firsthand account of her record-breaking swim, after four failed attempts, from Cuba to Florida, at the age of sixty-four–and of her extraordinary quest to live life at the highest level, in and out of the water.

On September 2, 2013, at the age of sixty-four, Diana Nyad emerged onto the shores of Key West after completing a 110-mile, fifty-three-hour, record-breaking swim through shark-infested waters from Cuba to Florida and delivered three messages to the world: never, ever give up; you’re never too old to chase your dreams; and it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team. Millions of people around the world cheered for her and were moved by her incredible tenacity and determination, her triumph after so many bitter failures, and by the mantra–find a way–that enabled her to realize a dream in her sixties that had eluded her as a young Olympian in peak form. 
In Find a Way, she tells the passionate, singularly inspiring story of this feat of epic endurance and the extraordinary life experiences and lessons that helped her to realize her dream. She was a world-class swimmer by the time she left high school; in 1975, at the age of twenty-six, she circumnavigated the island of Manhattan and became a star. She made her first attempt at the Cuba-to-Florida swim soon after, but was blown off course and pulled from the water after 79 miles. A year later, on her thirtieth birthday, she broke the open-ocean world record for both men and women, swimming 102 miles unassisted and without a shark cage. She did not swim another stroke for three decades.
Why, at sixty-four, was she able to achieve what she could not at thirty? How did her repeated failures contribute to her success? What inner resources did Nyad draw on during her days and nights in the water, and how did the power of her mind and spirit trump the limitations of her body? This is the story of an unforgettable journey–physical, spiritual, emotional, psychological–and a galvanizing meditation on facing fears, engaging our passions, and living life with no regrets.

Marcia Cross — as ‘Bree Van De Kamp,’ the ultimate perfectionist — in Desperate Housewives brought to life Wisteria Lane’s most complex character. In the show’s first season, Cross received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She also received three Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Comedy for the show. The critically acclaimed show won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series Comedy, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. 

Prior to Desperate Housewives, she starred as Dr. Linda Abbott on Everwood on The WB and she is also well known from her role as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on the hit drama Melrose Place. 

On stage Cross performed in La Ronde at the Williamstown Theater Festival, in Twelfth Night at the Hartford Stage Company, and in Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Old Globe in San Diego. 

Her first television job was on the daytime drama The Edge of Night and she co-starred with Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson in The Last Days of Frank and Jessie James.

Cross has guest-starred on such series as Seinfeld and Cheers, and has also appeared on CSI, Ally McBeal, Spin City, The Garry Shandling Show and King of Queens. Cross’ film credits include Bringing Up Bobby, Just Peck, Living in Fear, Always Say Good-bye, Dancing in September and Bad Influence.

She completed her clinical training to earn a Masters Degree in Psychology. Cross makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters dedicates much of her personal time to philanthropic activities, especially cancer research.