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.


A One Woman Show by Chris Black

Jul 24 - Aug 9

Legendary boxer John L Sullivan—a hard drinking, five foot ten, two hundred and twenty pound Boston born Irishman who toured the US by offering to beat all comers—is the inspiration behind Chris Black's one woman show, TOUGH, that asks what it means to be strong and confronts the onset of “can’t” that is every athlete’s final opponent. Wearing a custom suit for the occasion, Black circumvents drag yet implies that ‘clothes make the man,’ as she incorporates the boxer into her own diminutive but sinewy five foot one, one hundred and five pound frame and investigates how for an artist (like a boxer) it pays to enjoy the fight, the solitude of the lone performer whose sense of worth is dependent upon an audience, notions of Irish-ness and the very real joys of whiskey.

City Council Meeting

Presented by Z Space in Association with Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project and Intersection for the Arts

Aug 1 - Aug 3

San Francisco becomes the latest setting for a night of live performance designed to find the poetry in bureaucracy, the architecture of power and the comedy of procedure. Taking the seemingly mundane goings on of a city council meeting (but shorter and much more entertaining), the piece blurs the lines between creators and audience, as audience members choose their level of involvement with the piece and take all of the key roles (it’s ok to come and just watch, too).

The piece uses transcripts from government meetings across the country, original text and live video, to enact a civic dialogue. City Council Meeting is created through collaboration with a diverse range of San Franciscans including students, politicians, activists and artists.

Killing My Lobster Goes Radioactive

Aug 13 - Aug 23

San Francisco’s favorite sketch comedy troupe returns to Z Below this August! Entice your auditory senses with a brand new live radio show from San Francisco's premier sketch comedy troupe! Featuring a cacophony of jingles, sketches, shameless ads, famous voices, and musical acts - get your adrenaline fix as you witness the actors create the CRASH! BOOM! BANG! necessary to titillate your bells and whistles.

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).


by Carl Djerassi

Oct 15 - Nov 9

What do people really think of you?

A famous writer obsessed with reputation fakes his death in order to read his obituaries. His psychiatrist knows what's going on, but can't tell anyone, not even the writer's wife. But soon she's on his trail anyway, as his 'death' ignites a train of outrageous events. Ego was written by Carl Djerassi, a man whose achievements in both science and literature over the course of his 90-year life are prolific.


by Carl Djerassi

Oct 16 - Nov 7

Jerzy Krzyz is a Polish chemist with an unusual specialism: Bubbleology. (Yes it’s a serious scientific subject!) Newly arrived at an American university's Chemistry department, he is determined to secure a permanent senior post, but the other academics dismiss him and his subject. Their rivalry gets out of hand when he gives two colleagues who are blocking his appointment some experimental champagne – which mysteriously kills them. Was it an accident ... or revenge? This delightful new play is a comedy of academic manners, mystery and suspense that exposes the passions, petty jealousies and foolish behaviour that scientists and academics so often love to indulge in. Insufficiency was written by Carl Djerassi, a man whose achievements in both science and literature over the course of his 90-year life are prolific.


featuring Elevator Repair Service

October 27 - November 2

Elevator Repair Service—the innovative company that created Gatz—comes to Z Space with their newest show, Arguendo. The piece tackles Barnes v. Glen Theatre, a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case. Brought by a group of go-go dancers who claimed a First Amendment right to dance totally nude, the case examines an Indiana law that banned public nudity. Arguendo is a staging of Barnes v. Glen Theatre’s entire oral argument, verbatim, interspersed with bits of real interviews with the justices, the lawyers and an exotic dancer who traveled all the way from the Déja Vu Club in Saginaw, Michigan to listen to the argument at The Supreme Court.


by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb

Nov 19 - Dec 14

We might be on the brink of revolution in Nebraska. Penny, a compulsive and compulsively-watchable candidate for state office, enlists the help of Francine, a silver-tongued operative. Francine's husband Jeffrey, a doctor, is lying to his dying patients - one of whom opens his eyes to Penny's nefarious plans for the Cornhusker State. The Totalitarians is a raucous dark comedy about the state of modern political discourse, modern relationships and how easy it is to believe truths without facts.

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

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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Unfinished Business (Bay Area Edition) Jul 2014

This is another in a series of dynamic events anticipating the International MFA in Theater Performance Making, soon to be established in San Francisco... more

At Z Space's second venue, Z Below, at 470 Florida St. This is a FREE event.

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Continuing San Francisco’s tradition of presenting innovative and cutting-edge works, Z Space and the Creative Writing and Theatre Arts Departments at San... more

Presented by Z Space and the Creative Writing and Theatre Arts Departments at San Francisco State University


Lungs Jun 2014

In a time of global anxiety, terrorism, erratic weather and political unrest, a couple want a child but are running out of time. They... more

Directed by George Maguire With Aaron Wilton* and Laura Lowry* *Actor’s Equity Association



Entangled, adapted by Victoria Zackheim and directed by Ellie Mednick, from the memoir Entangled: A Chronicle of Late Love (by Don Asher and Lois... more

at Z Below 470 Florida Street San Francisco, CA 94110


YD Ventures Tax Day #Startupathoncubator! Apr 2014

The Bay Area's most innovative series of satircal corporate workshops.

#Startupathoncubator:  The YD Industries Z Space workshop series continues on... more


Z Dating Game Mar 2014

Z Dating Game is the show that brings together three eligible singles and one lucky bachelor(ette) and gives him or her a chance... more

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.


Party at the Garden of Allah or Lesbians in Pre-code Hollywood Mar 2014

E.H. Benedict will read her new play for those interested in the process of developing new work.

Synopsis of "Party at... more


Z Dating Game Feb 2014

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

Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.


“How to Fail” with YD Industries Feb 2014

The YD Industries Z Space workshop series continues on February 24th with a deep dive into the topic of failure. Attendees will be learning... more


Z Dating Game May 2014

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

Z Dating Game is the show that brings together three eligible singles and one... more

$10 in advance and $15 at the door, $3 PBR's and a full bar.