- Associated Press - Friday, February 20, 2015

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is re-creating her 111-mile swim from Cuba to Key West in a theater near the beach where she concluded the record-setting athletic feat.

“Onward! The Diana Nyad Story,” a one-woman show written and performed live by Nyad, opened Thursday night at The Studios of Key West.

On Labor Day 2013, the 64-year-old athlete walked ashore on Key West’s Smathers Beach, becoming the first person to swim across the Florida Straits to the Florida Keys without a shark cage.

The epic crossing took nearly 53 hours and was her fifth attempt after initially trying in 1978.

Using special effects and storytelling, “Onward!” spotlights Nyad’s determination and even transports audiences to the Florida Straits with her during a nighttime encounter with jellyfish.

Key West performances continue through Sunday


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