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.

No. 1

A New Theatre Work, presented by Factory Floor

Jul 30 - Aug 1

Three women. One story. Three truths: A Brit. A Mute. A Death.
This transatlantic mystery entwines a tale of love, intrigue and betrayal – packaged in brown paper and sealed with a blood-red kiss.

Inspired by Hitchcock’s women, Louie Jenkins (University of Chichester Theatre Department), Stephanie DeMott and Madeline H.D. Brown (both from Mugwumpin') present No.1, an experimental theatre performance of hair, heels and something rather unsavoury. Conceived in San Francisco, germinated in England and devised at Z Space, this DIY performance is the first of many.

THE OLDEST LIVING CATER WAITER

A reading of a new piece by Michael Patrick Gaffney, directed by Ken Sonkin

Aug 7 8:00 PM

Hungry for some great theater? Michael Gaffney’s original one-man show, The Oldest Living Cater Waiter, offers up delicious insights into his complicated and hilarious careers as both a professional actor and a high-end waiter to the stars. Gaffney cooks up numerous characters from his past with just the right amount of sauciness, Shakespeare, and a soupçon of self-discovery. Come celebrate one man’s journey of a life in the theater.

Weightless

presented by Z Space, Encore Theatre Company, and piece by piece productions

Coming Late August 2015

Weightless builds on The Kilbanes’ distinct style: a genre-bending theatrical event that combines intimate storytelling with a high-energy rock show. Weightless is an adaptation of the story of Procne and Philomela found in Ovid’s Metamorphoses: two sisters bound by deep love are separated by a vengeful god and must travel across worlds to find their way back together.  In Weightless, the cast and the band are one and the same, blurring the line between actors and musicians, between straight musical theater and concert.

red, black and GREEN: a blues

Presented by Ictus

Sep 10 - Sep 12

red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb) is a visceral and moving hybrid performance work that brings the stories and voices of Black America into the center of a timely conversation about race, class, culture and the environment.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph and his fellow cast members lead the audience through four seasons in four cities -- summer in Chicago, fall in Houston, winter in Harlem, and spring in Oakland. Within these literal spaces, the narrative exists in more poetic and ephemeral space, toggling between the realities of shotgun houses, subway cars, park benches, and father-son conversations, to more figurative spaces of collective memory, hallucination, dream and lament. rbGb aims to inspire new definitions of sustainability that lead to compassionate and humane action in the real world

Poetics of Space

Presented by Z Space and Joe Goode Performance Group

Sep 24 - Oct 11

Joe Goode Performance Group and Z Space reprise their winning collaboration that brought you When We Fall Apart (2012), HUSH (2013), and the remounting of Wonderboy and 29 Effeminate Gestures (2014).

Poetics of Space is JGPG's latest venture into creating dance theater that offers limitless potential for providing each audience member with a unique, personal "human scale" experience. Poetics of Space—derived from the book “The Poetics of Space” by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard—will explore a series of intimate spaces within the installation, and allow the viewer a cinematic “close-up” experience of each space. Imagine moving through a performance where you can create your own adventure; where your decision of where to turn, to step, to look, and to listen will determine how the performance unfolds around you.

Show Ho

A One-Moman, Multi-Character-Morphing Smash Hit by Sara Moore

Oct 8

Sara Moore, San Francisco’s acclaimed human cartoon, returns to Z Space on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 7:30 PM, with her one-woman, multi-character-morphing smash hit, Show Ho.  The performance is a slam-dunk showcase for the incomparable talents of San Francisco’s beloved poet clown. The evening will also include Richard Marriot’s Clubfoot Orchestra who will be performing excerpts from the original score they’re creating for Sara Moore’s next project that will be premiering in 2016 – The Supers.

The Method Gun

Created and Performed by Rude Mechs, presented by Z Space

Nov 11 - Nov 14

Z Space is proud to present the first ever Bay Area appearance of Rude Mech, the groudbreaking performance group from Austin, TX.. This is part of a two week residency for Rude Mechs, which also features a performance of their most recent piece Stop Hitting Yourself, at Cal Performances from 11/19 through 11/22.

The Method Gun explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, actor-training guru of the 60s and 70s, whose sudden emigration to South America still haunts her most fervent followers. Ms. Burden’s training technique, The Approach fused Western acting methods with risk-based rituals in order to infuse even the smallest role with sex, death and violence. A play about the ecstasy and excesses of performing, the dangers of public intimacy and the incompatibility of truth on stage and sanity in real life.

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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California: The Tempest Jun 2015

Cornerstone Theater Company arrives at Z Space for a stop on their epic, year-long, ten-city, decade-in-the making, once-in-a-lifetime, world premiere theatrical road-trip across the... more

Written by Alison Carey Directed by Michael John Garcés

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Hookman May 2015

"Hookman Slays It!" — Mark Rudio for A Beast in a Jungle

It’s freshman year of college and Lexi&rsquo... more

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Heart of Darkness May 2015

Based on Joseph Conrad’s classic novel, Heart of Darkness is a powerful opera that portrays the greedy world of ivory smugglers in... more

Composer: Tarik O’Regan Librettist: Tom Phillips

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Middlemarch in Spring Mar 2015

An idealistic woman tries to improve the world and blunders at love in this romantic, deliciously satirical new opera based on George Eliot&rsquo... more

On Z Space's Main Stage at 450 Florida St.

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Hidden Fields Mar 2015

Fusing physics, 3d capture, and real-time computing, Hidden Fields is a performance which interprets humans as fields whose movement creates ripples and waves in... more

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The Wooster Group’s Early Shaker Spirituals Feb 2015

Z Space and piece by piece productions welcome the Wooster Group to San Francisco. The Wooster Group channels songs from the 1976 LP Early Shaker... more

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THE TOTALITARIANS Nov 2014

Channeling the subversive spirit of The Colbert Report, The Totalitarians is a viciously funny vivisection of the farcical frenzy that is American politics. When... more

At Z Below, our downstairs theater at 470 Florida St.

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Killing My Lobster: Holidaze Dec 2014

The Lobsters once again team up with the Bay Area’s best new works company, Z Space, for the third iteration of this... more

Directed by Dan Wolf Hosted by Nato Green with the musical stylings of Soul-a-ti aka Tommy Shepherd

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Ego Oct 2014

What do people really think of you?

A famous writer obsessed with reputation fakes his death in order to read his obituaries.... more

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Insufficiency Oct 2014

Jerzy Krzyz is a Polish chemist with an unusual specialism: Bubbleology. (Yes it’s a serious scientific subject!) Newly arrived at an American... more

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