Developed at St. Ann’s Warehouse, “Seeing Inside” takes place under the skirt of Lou Andreas-Salome in the late 19th century. A toy puppet theatre, complete with black and theatrical lighting, is secreted within Lou’s gown. Lou weaves the ideas, discoveries and music of the era into an intimate reflective narrative. Featured are her lover, Rainer Maria Rilke and her friend, Sigmund Freud, as well as a taste of Ibsen. “Seeing Inside” takes us inside and then further inside to see what is beneath the surface.


Seeing Inside was developed at St. Ann’s Puppet Lab, Matt Acheson and Tom Lee, Directors, at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY 2011

It was subsequently performed at the Figment Festival and The Lost Circus.

Seeing Inside

Conceived by Jess Hooks and Emily Davis

Written and Directed by Emily Davis

Designed by Jess Hooks

Design Team:

Puppet Design and Construction – Marte Ekhougen

Digital Interaction Design – Noah Zerkin

Assistant – Sarah Williams

Music Consultant – Scott Ethier



Lou Andreas-Salomé  – Sara Zimmerman

Puppeteer – Jo Jo Hristova


Lou Andreas-Salomé was an author, literary critic and psychoanalyst. She was most famous for her relationships with Nietzsche, Rilke and Freud, among others. She was known as “the Great Understander.”