Renowned actress Jeanmarie Simpson Bishop was touring the country performing in "A Single Woman" in 2004-05 when a Quaker woman approached her about Mary Dyer.

"She said to me, 'you might want to do a show about her,' " Bishop said in a phone interview from her home in Glendale, Ariz. "I wrote it down and filed it away."

Years later, Bishop, who is a Quaker, was in a meeting house in Boulder, Colo., when she spotted a book on Mary Dyer.

"You just never know how these things will hook up," she said.

And then, about that same time, her mother had given her a book by actress Brooke Shields called "Down Came The Rain — My Journey Through Postpartum Depression."

"I had gone through postpartum depression with my third child and when I read Mary Dyer's story, I realized that she must've been suffering from the same thing," Bishop said. "Mary Dyer's first son, William, died immediately after being christened and her third child, a daughter, was stillborn. She went on to have five more babies and I don't think she ever recovered from what happened with the other baby's deaths. When you develop postpartum disorder, you don't care about anything. Your whole world is gray. You feel suicidal and you want to hop off the planet. I think she was desperate. She was such a profoundly Christian woman and with the Quakers, she hit Nirvana."

In 1660, Dyer was hanged in Boston, Mass. for the crime of practicing her religion. It was her death that would spark new freedom of speech laws which have endured and evolved to become the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Bishop's "Heretic — The Mary Dyer Story" is about Dyer's life.

The show has toured the country since 2011. It will be performed at 7 p.m. Sept. 13-14 at the Spring Friends Meeting House, 3323 E. Greensboro Chapel Hill Rd., Snow Camp and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting, 531 Raleigh Rd., Chapel Hill.

The Snow Camp event came about thanks to Chuck Fager, a member of the Spring Friends Meeting House and a friend of Bishop's.

"We were at the Friends General Conference in Rhode Island in 2012. We had an art gallery and musical performances. Jeanmarie approached me there. She said she had this one-person show, but didn't have a set. I made arrangements for an oversized classroom; she wasn't wearing a costume and I got to play the role of the voice of God. It was a smash. It was just wonderful. I'm just a fan of the play. I had never forgotten about it. Then last winter, another Quaker approached me about the dream to make a movie and one thing led to another and Jeanmarie's show will now be filmed for others to see," Fager said.

Bishop has performed "Heretic — The Mary Dyer Story" all over the United States and Canada.

"I cannot tour at the rate I used to," she said. "And I've had requests from all over the world to perform this show. So we are filming it in order to make it more available — to provide universal access."

Filming will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Seating is limited and reservations must be made at; admission is by donations only.

When it comes to one-person plays, like this one, Bishop described it as a niche for sure.

"It is because of Hal Holbrook and his inspiration that I even do this," she said. "It is, in essence, a miserable amount of work. But what's important to me is that people in schools and beyond know about Mary Dyer. She died for our First Amendment. This is not something to be sneezed at. She made a choice. She didn't have to do what she did."

Bishop said that through this experience, "I have learned from Mary Dyer that anytime I feel sorry for myself, well, I don't have any reason to be. She inspires me to step up. I am so humbled to be able to stand there and deliver her story."