New Work

Z Space always has several new works in various stages of development. Our behind-the-scenes work with every project is unique and continues over the course of several years, ensuring that the stage is set for a successful world premiere.  We facilitate the artists’ exploration of their own creative paths and encourage their investigation of expanded possibilities for their visions. Our hope is that no matter what the end product is we have learned something new in the process and the result will inevitably be a more richly textured and exhilarating piece of theater.

PREMIERING ON MARCH 1st: Hundred Days, created by and featuring the music of the Bengsons.

ENTANGLED

A Staged Reading

Apr 21 8:00 PM

Entangled, adapted by Victoria Zackheim and directed by Ellie Mednick, from the memoir Entangled: A Chronicle of Late Love (by Don Asher and Lois Goodwill), will have its premier staged reading on Monday,  April 21, at 8 PM. Don, age 80, and Sarah, 69, have been in a  comfortable relationship for more than twenty years. When they attend her  son's wedding, Sarah is captivated by Vernon, an Irishman and former priest who shares her love of travel, theater, gardening, and brisk walks. Musician Don is mildly jealous, yet assuaged by the certainty that Vernon is gay. On the day Sarah announces, "Guess who isn't gay?" the delicate balance  shifts...and then collapses. Sarah moves Don out of her home and throws herself into the passionate relationship she's been longing to have. In Entangled, we learn that dreams fulfilled can be heaven...or hell.

GREENHOUSE

San Francisco’s Fresh Source of Local Organic Drama

Apr 27 - May 3

Continuing San Francisco’s tradition of presenting innovative and cutting-edge works, Z Space and the Creative Writing and Theatre Arts Departments at San Francisco State University present GREENHOUSE, two weekends of staged readings featuring new works by some of the hottest emerging playwrights in the Bay Area—SFSU MFA Candidates Terry Boero, Nara Dahlbacka, Patricia Reynoso and under graduate playwright Laura Torello. From a vaudeville about lung cancer, to an intimate portrait of mental illness, to an absurdist night with George and Martha 40 years later, and a Navajo journey with gay youth, GREENHOUSE features a fresh crop of exciting new plays.

Z Dating Game

May 3 8:00 PM

Z Dating Game!: Bigger. Badder. Hella More Dates.

Z Dating Game is the show that brings together three eligible singles and one lucky bachelor(ette) and gives him or her a chance to question potential dates, then choose an escort for a great night out at a local hot spot-- all in front of a live audience (you). Back for it's fifth installment, this time upstairs in the BIG THEATER at Z Space, this Z Dating Game will feature not only two straight rounds, but also two LGBT rounds, interpretive dance, sketch comedy from Mission CTRL, a rockin' house band led by Duncan Wold and terrible hosting jokes from PianoFight's Rob Ready. All profits from the show go to making more great art like "Hundred Days" and "36 Stories by Sam Shepard".

Lungs

A staged reading of Duncan Macmillan's new play

Jun 9 7:00 PM

In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a couple want a child but are running out of time. They want to have a child for the right reasons. Except, what exactly are the right reasons? And what will be the first to destruct-the planet or the relationship?

Unfinished Business (Bay Area Edition)

Jul 6 8:00 PM

This is another in a series of dynamic events anticipating the International MFA in Theater Performance Making, soon to be established in San Francisco by the renowned University of Chichester Theatre Department (UK) in partnership with the California Institute for Integral Studies, as well as Z Space, CounterPULSE, and other Bay Area arts and education organizations.

Wonderboy & 29 Effeminate Gestures

Co-presented by Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space

Sep 25 - Oct 4

Over the past couple of years, Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space have forged quite a partnership, co-producing When We Fall Apart (2012) and HUSH (2013) at Z Space. We are honored to have the troupe back in 2014 for encore performances of two signature pieces, Wonderboy (2008) and 29 Effeminate Gestures (1987).

The Z Space Technical Development Residency Program gives artists uninterrupted time and a professional space to explore ideas, create, and rehearse in order that their work might achieve its greatest potential. The technical residecy includes access to a fully equipped 42' by 64' stage with quality lighting, sound and projection equipment, technical staff, design resources, artistic support, project management and consultation as needed with Z Space senior staff on resource development and fundraising. Although a Z Space technical residency may or may not include a performance of a work-in-progress to the public, they are integral to Z Space’s mission of supporting new work. Our hope is that no matter what the end product is we have learned something new in the process and the result will inevitably be a more richly textured and exhilarating piece of theater.  

Past Recipients of Z Space technical residencies include Marc Bamuthi Joseph (for Red, Black & GREEN: A Blues), LEVYdance (ROMP), Stacey Printz, Bad Unkl Sista, Joe Goode Performance Group, Sara Shelton Mann, and Sarah Wilson & Catch Me Bird (for Off the Walls).

If you have question about The Z Space Technical Development Residency Program, please contact Production Director Drew Yerys at dyerys@zspace.org.

Finding partners and collaborators in all sectors will enhance and strengthen our commitment to our community, which is crucial to the success of creating great art.

We are proud to partner with other organizations in the Bay Area and around the globe. These partnerships take on all shapes and sizes, from artistic development and co-production to community engagement and technical or financial support.

Our doors are open to those eager to be challenged and experience art at its highest artistic level and are driven by the exploration of new forms.


Recognizing the invaluable fruits of an informal relationship with a broad array of artists, Z Space Artistic Associates provide an invisible arena where the seeds of transformative new works may germinate far from the pressure to produce.

As Artistic Associates, these people contribute to the development of new work at
 Z Space.  They are the foundation of the creative work that is happening behind our doors.

Z Space's Artistic Associates:

  • Adam Bock
  • Mark Jackson
  • Beth Wilmurt
  • Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
  • Abigail Nesson Bengson
  • Shaun Bengson
  • Nina Ball
  • Gabe Maxson
  • Michelle Maxson
  • Shelley Carter
  • James Faerron
  • Marcus Shelby
  • Margo Hall
  • Steve Yockey
  • Drew Yerys
  • Cristobal McKinney
  • Frances Lee McCain
  • Anne Galjour
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Hundred Days Feb 2014

Husband and wife duo The Bengson created, composed and star in this indie-rock opera, which blends soaring vocals, frenetic rhythms and rousing all-join-hands choruses... more

"If ‘Hair’ were written by Arcade Fire" - San Francisco Magazine Created by and Featuring the Music of Abigail & Shaun Bengson Director: Anne Kauffman Book by: Kate E. Ryan Producers (Z Space and Encore Theatre Company): Lisa Steindler & James Faerron Producer (piece by piece productions): Wendy vanden Heuvel Choreographer: Joe Goode

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Be Bop Baby: A Musical Memoir Nov 2013

“The music of ‘Be Bop’ is the blood pulsing through its veins.” - Robert Hurwitt, SF Chronicle.

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Composed by Marcus Shelby Written by Margo Hall in collaboration with Nakissa Etemad Directed by Sheila Balter Dramaturgy by Nakissa Etemad

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Hush Sep 2013

Building on their hugely successful June 2012 co-production, When We Fall Apart, Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space are teaming up again in September 2013... more

Photo by RJ Muna

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Innovation Thursdays with YD Industries Aug 2013

Ignite Your Inner Innovator!

Z Space is the recent proud recipient of a YDIIIG grant from the upcoming, dynamic innovation firm of... more

This event takes place on our main stage at 450 Florida Street.

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Z Dating Game Jul 2013

From San Francisco, the dating capital of the world it’s Z Dating Game, a show in which finding love means never having... more

At Z Below, 470 Florida. $5 online, $10 at the door

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Crystal Springs Jul 2013

Z Space proudly supports the development of new work in the theatre as a core value of the organization, by staging readings of works-in-progess... more

This event takes place at Z Below at 470 Florida St. $5 suggested donation.

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Innovation Mondays with YD Industries Jul 2013

Ignite Your Inner Innovator!

Z Space is the recent proud recipient of a YDIIIG grant from the upcoming, dynamic innovation firm of... more

This event takes place at our Z Below venue at 470 Florida Street.

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Demetrius Unbound Jul 2013

With the opening of our 70-seat Z Below theater, Z Space furthers its commitment to fostering the creation of excellent new theatrical works. We'... more

This event takes place in our Z Below venue at 470 Florida St. It's free, although a small doantion ($5 suggested) is much appreciated.

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The Revolutionists! A Comedic Quartet Jul 2013

The Revolutionists! A Comedic Quartet is a new play about four very real women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution's... more

This event takes place at our Z Below venue at 470 Florida Street. RSVPs encouraged by following ticketing button. $5 suggested donation.

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1984 by George Orwell Jul 2013

Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 brings us the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania.... more

This event takes place in our Z Below venue at 470 Florida St. $10 Suggested Donation. RSVP by follwing the ticketing button.

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