TIPS015: The Good Adoptee with Suzanne Bachner

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TIPS015: The Good Adoptee with Suzanne Bachner

Suzanne Bachner is an award-winning writer and director based in New York City. Her play, Circle, ran for five months Off Broadway, was called “ingenious” by The New York Times and completed a four-month, seven-city sold-out international tour during the summer of 2013, winning Most Daring Show of the London Fringe. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the United Solo Academy.

Click to tweet: Suzanne Bachner shares her incredible journey on the i’Mpossible Project Show!

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Time Stamped Notes

  • 1.48 Suzanne was born, raised, and adopted in New York State
  • 2.48 Suzanne directed Bob Brader’s (also an i’Mpossible author and guest on episode 18) critically acclaimed solo show: Spitting in the Face of the Devil
  • 4.45 Suzanne had a theater company in the summer when she was a kid called Rainbow Refreshments International and they did musicals and cast the rich donors’ grandchildren in the lead roles
  • 11.52 Suzanne’s family was very open with her about her being adopted at a young age
  • 13.00 In New York State, all adoption records are sealed and it can be difficult to find one’s biological family
  • 14.20 Suzanne wrote a play about her search for her biological family called, The Good Adoptee
  • 16.42 Suzanne is now in reunion with her bio mother, uncle, and grandmother. Her bio father passed away before she could find him
  • 20.17 Part of the reason adoption records are sealed are due to laws passed in the early 20th century and a climate where it wasn’t okay to be an unwed mother and the need to hide it
  • 24.09 Suzanne mentions Anna Bridgforth for the first time
  • 28.30 Find out how Suzanne discovered her birth name through crafty detective work!
  • 32.46 What does Suzanne have in common with her birth parents that she never knew until this episode? (Nancy Drew or James Bond might know…)
  • 36.50 Suzanne was in the first ever Actors Studio graduating class (with the famed James Lipton of Inside the Actors Studio)
  • 37.35 Suzanne’s favorite word is “delicious” but doesn’t like the bastardized version, “delish” (find out more fun facts about Suzanne is the Quick Fire Round)
  • 38.26 Suzanne mentions Anna Bridgforth for the 2nd time in the show
  • 38.48 Anna Bridgforth is mentioned for the 3rd and 4th time (no this is not a drinking game )
  • 41.55 Suzanne is working on a new play Conversations with my Divorce Attorney

Key Points

  • It’s healthier to play the hand we’re dealt in life rather than kicking and screaming over unpleasant circumstances
  • One of the hallmarks of life is discovering one’s purpose: who am I and why I’m here; and it’s essential to have that curiosity at the front of one’s mind to enable healthy self-development

Resources or Websites Mentioned

To get in touch with Suzanne go to: or

Suzanne’s story, The Florida Triangle, (paperback and e-book) in The i’Mpossible Project’s Reengaging with Life Creating a New You: