The Regional Premiere of

by Stewart Permutt
Starring Donna Weinsting as Susan Chester
Directed by Robert Neblett
September 15-30, 2017
The Chapel • 6238 Alexander Drive, St. Louis, MO 63105

Production Design by Bruce Bergner
Lighting Design by John "JT" Taylor
Sound Design by Robert Neblett
Costume and Scenic Assistance by Christina Sittser

Susan: Donna Weinsting
DC Karen: Christina Sittser

"A soft-spoken but tough piece for a world where everyone is suspect..." - Sunday Times

Susan Chester has the perfect life. She is the toast of her quaint English village. She stars in amateur dramatics, she raises dogs, she tends her immaculate garden, and she knows the juiciest gossip.

Susan has the perfect life, until it is rocked by an unspeakable act committed by her troubled son...

Ripped straight from today's headlines, Unsuspecting Susan is a hilariously tender yet haunting solo performance about the boundless reaches of a mother's love.

Produced  by permission of Nick Hern Books



  • "At the beginning, Weinsting’s Susan is all tiny private smiles and firm opinions, a self-proclaimed ‘snob.’ By the end, she’s as shattered as a ruined chandelier, a teddy bear in her hands and confusion in her eyes.” - Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • “ Auspicious Debut...The work’s title says it all, and Inevitable Theatre’s presentation brings out its pathos and sadness with Weinsting’s haunting performance.” - Mark Bretz, Ladue News
  • “ astounding performance that reaches the depths of giddiness and despair in the flash of an eye. Mr. Neblett has directed with a clever nuance that only an actress of Donna Weinsting’s talent could pull off.” - Steve Allen, Stage Door St. Louis
  • “...a big performance from Weinsting, especially masterfully done in the stressful moments, carried with a fine balance of emotion and stiff upper lip....Hie thee to The Chapel...” - Ann Lemons Pollack, St. Louis Eat and Drink
  • “This is a challenging, thought-provoking and increasingly timely play. It’s an excellent first St. Louis production for Inevitable Theatre Company, and a tour-de-force for Weinsting.” - Michelle Kenyon, Snoop’s Theatre Thoughts
  • "The Inevitable Theatre Company makes its St. Louis debut with this haunting one-woman play by Stewart Permutt. The indomitable Donna Weinsting leans in as Susan Chester, an upper-class Hampshire woman who is divorced and has a grown son, Simon, who lives in London.  With her customary warmth and ability to convey a considerable range of emotions, the veteran everywoman reveals his troubles through humor, a mother’s love and heartbreak. When tragedy strikes, her piercing performance is gut-wrenching. Fluidly directed by Robert Neblett, the material, although a tad uneven at first, ultimately resonates and Weinsting is unforgettable in this timely scenario." - Lynn Venhaus

PHOTOS: Kimberly Moon


Nominated for 2 BroadwayWorld 2017 Regional Awards
Best Actress in a Drama - Donna Weinsting
Best Director of a Drama - Robert Neblett

Winner, 2017 "Judy" Award (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Best Solo Performance - Female (Donna Weinsting)

Nominated for 2018 St. Louis Theater Circle Award
Outstanding Actress in a Drama - Donna Weinsting