ARCHIVE: Past Shows

View archived shows

My Life in a Nutshell Hanne Tierney

My Life in a Nutshell My Life in a Nutshell My Life in a Nutshell My Life in a Nutshell

Hanne Tierney Talks about "My Life in a Nutshell"


Made possible in part with funds from the Jim Henson Foundation and Heather Henson, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency, Mental Insight Foundation, Carnegie Corporation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

My Life in a Nutshell played from October 8-25, 2009 in the Dorothy B. Williams Theatre.

About the show

Guided by eighty strings, life-sized marionettes enact a witty melodrama of lust, death, and the geometry of human relationships.

Accompanied by live vocals, manual overhead projection, toy piano & double base. Conceived by Obie-award winning Hanne Tierney.

HANNE TIERNEY was born in East Germany and has been working and living in New York City since 1959. Her work has been seen at Franklin Furnace, Queens Museum, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, as well as overseas in Paris and Berlin. Between 1988 and 1995, Ms. Tierney began working on more extensive productions incorporating live music, vocalists, and visual artists, such as A Play Called Not and Now by Gertrude Stein and Chekhov's The Seagull. Eventually, this led to performances at Bitef and the Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann's Warehouse. Her work has earned her an OBIE and several Unima Citations for Excellence, and she has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jim Henson Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts.


Jane Wang: vocalist, composer and double bass player
Hannah Wasileski: overhead projection
Marlon Hurt: light design
Hanne Tierney: text, puppet construction and overall conception
Shawn Lane, Jamie Mumford, Hanne Tierney: Manipulators

Show Press

“Hanne Tierney's evocative puppet at once death-obsessed and jaunty, abstract and full of geometric precision.”
— Rachel Saltz, The New York Times
“..a tender, eccentric, accessible play”
— Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice
“Nutshell weaves vivid projected images and fantastic live music into the narrative. The end result is spellbinding and emotionally engaging. See it and be charmed.”
— Feminist Review