IU Bloomington graduate and one-woman show performer Susan Bennett is ready to take the stage in Indy to perform “I Said No” this month.
Bennett graduated in theatre, but put her dreams on a shelf for a very long time while raising her five daughters. She became an empty-nester and has decided to take those dreams of hers off of that shelf.
“I wondered ‘what do I want to do for the rest of my life?’ I just took my dreams off the shelf,” she said.
Her first step in following her dreams was deciding to go to Indianapolis School of Supernatural Ministry.
“I wanted to become one of those real Christians, not just a pew sitter,” she said. “Out of that school my dream came back to me and God wasn’t done with me yet.”
Two years ago she decided she wanted to do a one-woman show about God, her relationships and her life.
“Acting was something I always enjoyed, I always wanted to do a one-woman show,” she said. “So I needed to write a show; I had all of these ideas in my head but I didn’t know how to get it on paper. I found a woman from Santa Fe, New Mexico who helps people with solo performances. I signed up for her boot camp and hammered out all of these things in my heart to talk about; all these aspects of my life and out of that we took one moment and built the show around that one particular moment.”
She wrote out a rough script. For the Fringe Festival in Indianapolis the script had to be around 45 to 60 minutes long. The Fringe Festival is an annual Theatre Festival and a year round theatre for emerging artists and new work.