Guest Shows

Approximately 20 weeks out of the year, Z Space rents out their theatre so that the best artists in theatre, music, dance, film, literature and other genres have a premier venue to bring their work to the public.

We are proud to have hosted the likes of Litquake, LINES Ballet, Eddie Izzard, Zhukov Dance, the Kronos Quartet, and many more.

The Cable Car Nymphomaniac

Presented by FOGG Theatre

Jan 16 - Jan 31

The Cable Car Nymphomaniac is a racy and uproarious new musical by composer/lyricist Tony Asaro, and book writer Kirsten Guenther, directed and choreographed by Terry Berliner.  Taking a hard and hilarious look at gender roles, it dares to ask: “What happens when women want the kind of things women aren’t supposed to want?”  Based on the actual events of the 1970 San Francisco cable car sex scandal, and set against the backdrop of the sexual revolution, The Cable Car Nymphomaniac is a pro-woman musical ripped from San Francisco headlines.

The Living Word Project/Dahlak Brathwaite’s World Premiere of Spiritrials

Presented by Youth Speaks and Ictus

Jan 29 - Jan 31

This multi-dimensional play takes its inspiration, as well as its name, from one of Dahlak’s most recent hip-hop albums, layering characters, poetic verse, and dialogue over the content of the songs to create a theatrical piece that blurs the lines between hip-hop and dramatic performance. A timely exploration of the criminal justice system, Spiritrials chronicles the journey of Dahlak’s own criminalization along with his struggle to be vindicated and decriminalized in the eyes of the law and society. The piece works through the personal shame of criminal stigmatization to examine the factors – both internal and external – that have misplaced him in what appears to be a cultural rite of passage.

Opening the Box

A Reading of Sarah Shourd's acclaimed play

Feb 2 7:00 PM

Journalist and playwright Sarah Shourd survived 410 days of solitary confinement while imprisoned as a political hostage by the Iranian government from 2009 to 2010. Since her release, Sarah has traveled across the U.S.—driving through snowstorms and snaking through Redwood forests in order to interview dozens of people in the isolation units of our country’s most remote and forbidding prisons. Sarah wove these stories into a play, Opening the Box, about the rare but intimate bonds forged behind walls and the ultimate sacrifice of three exceptional men willing to die if necessary for the simple things the rest of us often take for granted.

La Tragédie de Carmen

A Performance by Opera on Tap

Feb 13 - Feb 15

Love, passion, betrayal and death: a raw and gut-wrenching adaptation of Bizet's classic masterpiece, created by Peter Brook, Marius Constant and Jean-Claude Carrière, this 90-minute piece contains all of the drama of the original seen through a radical new lens. Set in the Film Noir style, the opera features four singers and three actors accompanied by chamber orchestra. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Home Steet Home

A new rock musical by Fat Mike, Jeff Marx, and Goddess Soma

Feb 20 - Mar 7

Home Street Home is an original rock musical about survival and love among runaway teenagers living on the street. Based on true stories of the authors’ experiences of homelessness and punk culture, the story revolves around Sue, a 16-year old runaway who plunges headfirst into the deviant subculture and alternative lifestyle of the streets. After being adopted into a colorful tribe of homeless teens, Sue finds empowerment, self-realization and acceptance from her new chosen family.

Conference of Birds

Presented by Copious Dance Theatre

Mar 27 - Mar 29

Copious Dance Theater presents Conference of the Birds, a new piece from Artistic Director Kat (Worthington) Roman. Inspired by the ancient Persian poem with the same title by Farid ud-Din Attar, Conference of the Birds chronicles the journey of birds as they search for a leader. As the quest to find their leader ensues,  Roman successfully moves her dancers to examine temptation, yearning, and self-discovery. Copious Dance Theater breathes vision and life into this ancient prose with a narrative that is accessible to any audience.

The evening will also include audience favorite, Taka, an energetic piece from Roman's Horton Technique students entitled Bleuphoria, and Glass Slippers, a new piece by guest choreographer Erik Wagner.

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Chasing Mehserle May 2014

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THREE May 2014

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BART Life Apr 2014

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Talking/Dancing/DanceForms Mar 2014

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Habit of Art Mar 2014

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Women of Letters Mar 2014

Smash-hit Australian literary salon Women of Letters returns to the US for the second year running. Co-curated by writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire,... more


Kronos: Under 30 / #5 World Premiere Feb 2014

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