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 world premiere production. By Colman Domingo, adapted from the short story by Lysley Tenorio.

The Story:  The Brother(s) is a new play by Colman Domingo about the courage it takes to love your family as they are, and not who you want them to be. With a lively trans chorus and a dynamic set design, the entire space will shift quickly from location to location, bringing the story's glittering spectacle to life. Beneath the excitement of the production’s sudden shifts and turns lies an intimate relationship between the protagonist, Edmond, and his mother. The death of an estranged younger sibling presents Edmond and his Ma with a choice: to cling to the memory of "Eric," their little brother and son, or to accept Erica's true identity. 


Created by and Starring The Kilbanes, coming 2018
 piece by piece productions and Encore Theatre Company

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. A commission conceived and written by Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses and directed by Becca Wolff.

Workshop Performance Nov 1, 2016 

Workshop Performance Nov 1, 2016 

The MAKING OF A Great Moment

Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Premieres August 2017

Z Space Playwright in Residence Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s newest piece tracks the adventures, follies and foibles of a two person theatre troupe as they tour their play, Great Moments in Human Achievement, around the world. By bicycle. Mona Barnes and Terry Dean are veteran actors from Victoria, strange and unlikely companions, united by their passion for their craft and the small size of their tent. A fun and bizarre exploration of the question “Why do we do what we do?” "The Making of a Great Moment" is being written for actors Aysan Celik and Danny Scheie and is being developed at NYU Abu Dhabi and premiering in January 2017 at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, directed by Sean Daniels.

The Partition Project

by Farah Shaikh, coming in August 2017

Kathak dancer Farah Shaikh returns to Z Space with a work marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan. Z Space last presented Farah in The Twentieth Wife, which debuted on our main stage in January 2015.

A Currently Untitled Play by kate ryan

Coming in 2018

Kate Ryan's latest play follows the members of a Bay Area women's support group as a newcomer challenges the group's long-held beliefs and relationships. The commissioning and production of this world premiere is made possible by Gerbode-Hewlett Foundations 2015 Theater Commissioning Awards initiative.