Retta Blaney

Retta Blaney is the author of Working on the Inside: The Spiritual Life through the Eyes of Actors, which features interviews with Kristin Chenoweth, Dudu Fisher, Edward Herrmann, Liam Neeson, Phylicia Rashad, Vanessa Williams and others. Her freelance work has also appeared in The Washington Post, Newsday, Jewish Week, American Theatre, Back Stage and other publications. She is editor of the anthology Journalism Stories from the Real World, a book of essays, and has taught at Brooklyn College, New York University and Marymount Manhattan College. As a full-time reporter, she worked for newspapers in Maryland and New York.

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Playwright Holnes brings 16th-century hero of Panamanian slave rebellion forward

Sharon Langley's carousel ride made US history and reverberated in my life

In 'Gospel of John' onstage, actor takes on John's voice, telling his story

Play portrays post-war friendship of hero priest and jailed Nazi

New play considers Joan of Arc from her mother's viewpoint

'Pedro Pan' brings Cuban experience to musical stage

Gordon Hirabayashi's battle is newly timely onstage in 'Hold These Truths'

'The Peculiar Patriot' indicts a racist US prison system

'Church and State' play aims to stir up conversation about guns

One-woman play uses biblical Mary's life to tell story of black mothers, sons

National Black Theatre reaches spiritual self

Nativity: New musical comedy tells ‘The Unusual Tale of Mary and Joseph’s Baby’

'Sweat' portrays struggle of working class and job loss

Play portrays African-American women from Colonial era to Civil War

Whole story of Luther's life on trial onstage

'The Crucible' echoes today's hysteria

From Broadway to Nairobi: 'Amazing Grace' musical has first student production in Africa

'Spotlight' film educated Catholic actor Brian d'Arcy James

Play gives voice to Magdalene lives

Author traces lives touched by 'Godspell'