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.


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.

Standing By: Gatz Backstage

A documentary film about the making of Elevator Repair Service's Gatz

Oct 27

Standing By: Gatz Backstage is an atmospheric portrait of backstage life during Gatz, a ground breaking performance work created by New York City’s Elevator Repair Service (ERS).  Gatz is an eight-hour theatrical event, where every word of Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is voiced and enacted onstage. Gatz, called “the most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade” by Ben Brantley in The New York Times, is an award winning show that has had high profile runs at venues in New York and internationally including The Public Theater (NYC), REDCAT (Los Angeles), The American Repertory Theater (Boston), The Walker (Minneapolis) and London’s LIFT Festival.

The documentary follows the company through a composite day, focusing on the inherent tension between inertia and explosive energy, as actors move between periods of repose or waiting, moments before they are about to unleash their energy into performance. The camera lingers on performers in these transitional states, hovering somewhere between themselves and the characters they inhabit onstage – as they rest, check email, watch the Wimbledon finals, get a massage, and prepare for the next scene.


featuring the SF Debut of Elevator Repair Service

Oct 30 - Nov 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.


A National New Play Network World Premiere 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.

Middlemarch in Spring

A world premiere chamber opera presented by Composers, Inc.

Mar 19 - Mar 22

An idealistic woman tries to improve the world and blunders at love in this romantic, deliciously satirical new opera based on George Eliot’s great novel Middlemarch. Will Dorothea have a second chance at happiness? You will laugh and cry and cheer—and be transported by a sweeping story, great singing, ravishing music and provocative staging. Don’t miss it!  Middlemarch in Spring, a chamber opera by Allen Shearer on a libretto by Claudia Stevens.

Composers, Inc., presenting new music by living American composers for over 30 years!

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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Wonderboy & 29 Effeminate Gestures Sep 2014

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... more

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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