Diane Barnes


Written & Performed by Diane Barnes
Directed by Rebecca Fisher
Developed with David Ford
Sound/Lightboard Operator: Alexa Almira

November 2 – December 9 | San Francisco
Thursdays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm

*Talkback – November 4th with Patricia Ryan Madson, author and professor Emerita from Stanford University. See below for more information.

No Show: November 23


“Diane Barnes’ story is one of incredible luck, incredible misfortune, and how tenacious love can be in the face of adversity. It’s the show you should be seeing right now.” –Showbill.ca

“An amazing life story…a wonderful woman to spend 75 minutes with…” –London Yoedeller

“Very honest…very uplifting.” — London Free Press

“Draw inspiration from her resilience.” –Orlando Weekly

“Entertaining, enlightening piece that educates and touches the heart.” — Arts Beat LA

“Intelligent, emotional, and educational–what I call ‘edutainment.'” — Adilah Barnes, co-founder, LA Women’s Theater Festival

“My Stroke of Luck is more than a story about a doctor who has a stroke and her path to recovery. It’s a story about identity, being a single mom of a special needs child, being a doctor who becomes a patient, having brilliance reduced to a handicap, courage, loss, pain, and ultimate triumph. It’s a masterful performance by a very talented woman who has truly found her voice.” — Playwright, Nanaimo Fringe

“In her one woman show, Diane Barnes portrays a rich cast of characters with amazing clarity, such that the audience is never confused about whether the voice belongs to the doctor, her mother, her therapist, or her teenage son. She sweeps through the full range of human emotions, from pure joy to deep despair. It’s a truly memorable performance that transcends what could be a rather mundane story and turns it into art. Go see it if you have the chance.” — Cont. Playwright, Nanaimo Fringe

Show Description

Who are you when the “you” you know is gone?

Did you know the average person loses 1.9 million brain cells every minute a stroke goes untreated? Barnes knew; she’s a doctor, a radiologist who diagnoses strokes! But she did not deal with having a stroke very well; it was 20 hours before she went to the hospital! In My Stroke of Luck, Barnes recounts her experience of having a stroke, her path to recovery, and more. In a spellbinding and funny look at love, family, and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Barnes shares her story: a single adoptive mother of special needs and gifted tween sons, who forges a new identity after a debilitating stroke.


November 4th: Talkback and demo with Patricia Ryan Madson, the author of IMPROV WISDOM: DON’T PREPARE, JUST SHOW UP, and a professor Emerita from Stanford University where she has taught since 1977. In the Drama Department she serves as the head of undergraduate acting program and developed the improvisation program.

November 9th: Talkback with Ann Randolph, longtime Marsh performer and teacher. She will be talking about creativity and inspiration.

November 18th: Talkback and Performer Benefit with the founders of Attitudinal Healing International, Jerry Jampolsky, M.D. and Diane Cirincione, PhD.

November 30th: Talkback with Patricia Gill, MS, MFT, the Executive Director of Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery.

Artist Biography

After surviving the catastrophe that inspired this show, Diane discovered improvisation (Patricia Marsden Ryan and BATS)! “Yes, and…” the mantra of improv, opened an alternate universe for this “Humm…show me the evidence,” skeptic scientist. Diane’s first solo performance (W. Allen Taylor) shared her experience negotiating the hurdles to single parent adoption. Audience response galvanized her with the power of storytelling and launched her new career.

Diane left the practice of medicine in 2010. Now a Meisner trained actor, Diane completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Training Congress (modern and classic), studied with Anna Deveare Smith, Ann Randolph, Keith Johnstone, and The D’ell Arte School of Physical Drama. Diane has appeared at The Marsh, Ross Valley Players, College of Marin, Studio One, BATS, and Pan Theater.

My Stroke of Luck has a sold out run at the United Theater Festival in NYC, and played at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival, the LA Women’s Theater Festival, and various Canadian and U.S. Fringe Festivals.

Diane, a NYC transplant, 3rd generation physician is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University School of Medicine, board certified in Diagnostic Radiology.

Show Info

Tickets: $20 – $35 sliding scale | $55 and $100 Reserved Seating
November 2 – December 9 | San Francisco
Dark Night: November 23
Thursdays at 8pm | Saturdays at 5pm
78 minutes | No Intermission | Ages 12+ | Please do not bring infants to the show

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.

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  • November 2, 2017 8:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-02-17 (SF)
  • November 4, 2017 5:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-04-17 (SF)
  • November 9, 2017 8:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-09-17 (SF)
  • November 11, 2017 5:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-11-17 (SF)
  • November 16, 2017 8:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-16-17 (SF)
  • November 18, 2017 5:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-18-17 (SF)
  • November 25, 2017 5:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-25-17 (SF)
  • November 30, 2017 8:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 11-30-17 (SF)
  • December 2, 2017 5:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 12-02-17 (SF)
  • December 7, 2017 8:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 12-07-17 (SF)
  • December 9, 2017 5:00 PMMy Stroke of Luck 12-09-17 (SF)
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