The History of The Empty Space

The Empty Space opened its doors on January 2, 2003, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit the following year. Our theatre’s name is derived from the 1968 book written by Peter Brook, "The Empty Space: A Book About the Theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate", and specifically the first few lines of the book: "I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged."

Our earliest vision for The Empty Space helped coin our tag line "Setting Theatre Free." We believe that people shouldn't have an excuse not to see live theatre, so patrons were admitted freely into the theatre and encouraged to donate after the show, if they saw fit. From there, the idea of setting theatre free evolved into setting theatre free from not only monetary affordability, but free from judgement, free from commercial expectations, free from traditional and antiquated views on what theatre should be.

Today, we stand by our commitment to make sure theatre is affordable to anyone who wants to see it. Our admission prices remain low, even after 15 years, and we personally reserve at least ten seats for every performance for pay-what-you-can patrons. The generosity of our patrons has allowed us to keep this number of free admissions, while still ensuring our production values remain high.

Since its founding, The Empty Space has mounted more than 300 productions and has had over 200 volunteer board members, actors, and technicians, and more than 50,000 patrons.  

Thank you for visiting us at The Empty Space. 


2018 Season

Project: Play in a Day 4
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika
Three Sisters
Icarus’s Mother
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Project: Pride
Vampire Lesbians of Sodam
Dancing at Lughnasa
Marie and Bruce
My Fair Lady
It's Lit: An Evening of One-Act Plays
Bus Stop
Project: Phobia
She Loves Me

2017 Season

Project: Play in A Day 3
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Zoo Story
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
See Rock City & Other Destinations
Romeo and Juliet
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
The Bald Soprano and The Leader
Of Mice and Men
Matt and Ben
The Woman in Black
The Book of Liz
Suicide, Inc.
Young Frankenstein
Little Women

2016 Season

Project: Play in a Day 2
The Glass Menagerie
Miss Nelson is Missing!
Project: Fifth Dimension
The Clean House
You Can’t Take it With You
In the Heights
The Role Remix
Till Death
You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Rock of Ages
Hurry Up, Santa! - The Musical

2015 Season

Project: Play in a Day 1
A Company of Wayward Saints
Twelfth Night
Little Shop of Horrors
Wait Until Dark
The Role III
Dispatch Will
The Meeting
Narrations of the Heart
August: Osage County
The Quality of Life
Sex AKA Weiners and Boobs
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Bang Bang You’re Dead
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
Sugar Plum Follies
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

2014 Season

The Book of Andy
Next to Normal
The Vagina Monologues
Wonder of the World
Into the Woods
The Women
Project: Fairytale
The Role II
In the Next Room
Random: A Night of One-Act Plays
My First Time
Project: Hero
The Haunting of Hill House
The Durang Zone
A Very Empty Christmas

2013 Season

Spring Awakening
Crimes of the Heart
Dog Sees God
The Nerd
Sweet Charity
The Role I Was(n’t) Born to Play
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Cannibal! The Musical
Our Town
Late Night with Christopher Durang
The 12 Plays of Christmas

2012 Season

Boy Gets Girl
Celeb Biography
The Vagina Monologues
The Miracle Worker
[title of show]
The Tempest
Wonderful Time
Avenue Q
Dustin Lance Black's 8
Late Night with Michael Mejia: Postcards from Singapore
Death and the Maiden
God of Carnage
The Bullied
Almost, Maine
Gorey Stories
The Unexpected Man
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg
Hurry Up, Santa! + The Jack Frost Show

2011 Season

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Project LOVE
The Vagina Monologues
The Shadow Box
Kitty, Kitty, Kitty
Stage Door
Late Night with David Ives
American Snapshot
Late Night w Michael Mejia
The Wild Party
Hay Fever
Lonely Planet
The Complete Works of Wm. Shakespeare (Abridged)
Geeks Vs. Zombies
Next Fall
A Christmas Carol

2010 Season

Thrill Me
First Kisses
A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer
The Vagina Monologues
The Diary of Anne Frank
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
Jukebox Legends
Melon Colony
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The Killing Ghost
As You Like It
Geeks vs. Zombies
Mr. Marmalade
Dear Harvey
The Blue Room
Late Night With Christopher Durang
Hurry Up, Santa! & The Jack Frost Show

2009 Season

The Good Life
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The Winter’s Tale
Becoming Flux
Fool for Love
Pinter Plays
The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told
How I Learned to Drive
Project: Sin
Beyond Therapy
Hurry Up, Santa!

2008 Season

Imaginary Friends
Drop Dead!
A Piece of My Heart
The Bourgeois Gentleman
Duck Hunter Shoots Angel
Reefer Madness: The Musical
A Very Factual History of Entertainment
Babies Having Babies
Rabbit Hole
The Laramie Project
Project: Turkey Day
A Christmas Carol

2007 Season

Sea Marks
Big Knuckles
Lettice and Lovage
The Vagina Monologues
True Tales 3
Corpus Christi
Puppet Slam
Burn This
The White Whore and the Bit Player
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Project: Ghost
The Importance of Being Earnest
Monkey Planet
Hurry Up, Santa! & The Jack Frost Show

2006 Season

Italian American Reconciliation
The Vagina Monologues
Side Show
The Nina Variations
The Last Meeting of the Knights of the White Magnolia
Die, Mommy, Die!
Rowing to America
The Philadelphia Story
Fuddy Mears
Becoming Flux
Project: Murder!
Jessie’s Place
Control Freaks
Hurry Up, Santa!

2005 Season

Animal Farm
The Vagina Monologues
Men Without Dates/Slam!
Sex AKA Weiners & Boobs
The Merchant of Venice
Stone Cold Dead Serious
Angels in America: Perestroika
Luanne Hampton Laverty Oberlander
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
Ancient History
He Done Dissed Her or Oh No He Di’nt
Anna in the Tropics
The Bad Seed
True Tales 2
Beyond the Horizon
PlayJam 2
Hurry Up, Santa!
La Pastorela

2004 Season

Of Mice and Men
Steve Martin One-Acts: WASP/The Zig-Zag Woman
Much Ado about Nothing
Julius Caesar
Women and Wallace
Baby with the Bathwater
The Odd Couple
True Tales
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
The Migrant Farmworker’s Son
The Altruists
Spider Baby
Our Town
Hurry Up, Santa!

2003 Season

Laughing Wild
‘Dentity Crisis
A Life in the Theatre
The Duck Variations
All Men Are Whores
Sexual Perversity in Chicago
The Taming of the Shrew
Cowboy Mouth
Hot ‘n’ Throbbing
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
Waiting for Godot
Cloud 9
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hurry Up, Santa!