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.
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.
Theater: Playwright Jeanne Sakata was "enthralled" by the Japanese-American college student who took his civil rights case all the way to the Supreme Court in World War II.
Theater: On a prison tour, Liza Jessie Peterson found an appreciative audience for her play "The Peculiar Patriot." After 14 years, it's now premiering at Harlem's National Black Theatre.