About the Play


The Tin Woman is the story of a woman who receives a heart transplant and her eventual meeting with the family of the donor.

Instead of relishing life after her heart transplant, Joy enters a downward spiral, unsure whether she truly deserves a second chance. Meanwhile, Alice and Hank mourn the loss of their son, Jack, whose heart was used to save Joy. At a friend's urging, Joy tracks down Jack's family to find closure. But are Alice, Hank, and their daughter Sammy ready to accept Jack's death? Based on a true story, The Tin Woman uses humor and pathos to explore loss, family, and what it means to be given new life.



The Tin Woman began over Indian food in Jackson Heights, NY.  Actress (and sister) Erin Noel Grennan had saved a newspaper clipping with the basic facts for many years.  She gave it to me just before the Tikka Masala saying "Write this, have it not suck." or words to that effect.  That is where this all came from.  Subsequently, it was further inspired by an interview conducted by Terry Gross with author Maurice Sendak ("Where the Wild Things Are") on NPR's "Fresh Air". 

Interview here.


News, News, News!

SECOND CHANCE FOR LIFE  In the course of the run of "The Tin Woman" at Peninsula Players, we were pleased to have two actual heart transplant recipients attend the show.  Joel Heckman, the vice president of "Second Chance for Life" and his wife, Sue, as well as Ken McIntosh and his wife, Fran, were very enthusiastic about the performance. Joel and Ken, the recipients, then agreed to do a short pre-show program about the experience of receiving their "second chance".  Audiences got to hear first-hand about the process, challenges and personal stories of these two courageous families.  Several people mentioned that their awareness of donation opportunities was raised and that they were going to "sign those donor cards!"  Anyone interested in learning more can go to "Second Chance for Life".