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

Theater: What began with memorizing John's Gospel as a form of prayer became a recitation of it that actor Ken Jennings took to churches, and is now a fully realized theatrical production in New York.

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

Based on actual events, "Kingfishers Catch Fire" centers on the soul-saving relationship between two World War II enemies. The popular play resonates amid the real-life rise of anti-Semitism.

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

In her childhood, playwright Jane Anderson saw the French teenaged saint as her role model. As an adult, her perspective shifted and inspired her to write "Mother of the Maid," a play about Isabelle Arc, now starring Glenn Close.

'Pedro Pan' brings Cuban experience to musical stage

The musical tells the story of one fictional Cuban boy, Pedro, and how he becomes Peter in America, using the historical backdrop of Operación Pedro Pan, one of the world's largest political exoduses of children. 

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