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The Woodshed Collective's THE TENANT Extends Through Oct 1














Woodshed Collective has announced that because of strong notices and capacity crowds its production of the world premiere of The Tenant, which is performed free of charge at West-Park Presbyterian Church on the northeast corner of 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, will extend through Saturday, October 1.  (The play was originally scheduled to close Saturday, September 17.)  The extension will play the following dates: September 21-23 at 8pm; September 24 at 7pm and 10:30pm; and September 27-October 1 at 8pm.

The company also announced that it will hold a tag sale on site on Sunday, October 2 beginning at 3pm to sell off set and costume pieces. The sale will benefit the company and allow audience members to own remnants of the production.

Finally, the company announced that it will host a special benefit performance of The Tenanton Thursday, September 15 that will include a post-show party with cast members, crew, and directors, held in the Parisian courtyard conceived for the production.  This single ticketed event will insure success for future productions and allows the company keep performances free to the public.  All proceeds raised from this event will support Woodshed Collective's mission to create visceral installation theater with unprecedented production values to hundreds of audiences for free. For tickets and more info visit email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Tenant opened August 24 to great notices:

“The Woodshed Collective has, with great imagination and wonderful detail, transformed the old five-story West-Park Presbyterian Church into a ramshackle Parisian apartment building (and its environs) circa the nineteen-sixties. The result is an extremely fun (and free!) evening, during which audience members run up and down stairs chasing after whatever characters they’re interested in, perhaps watching in a hallway as an old woman relieves herself on the floor, or sitting in a room as a mod girl on acid gives a lap dance to a newly married woman. The only downside is that, because the scenes are taking place all over the church at the same time, you can’t see everything."
The New Yorker

The New York Times

"A great theatrical tapestry of vintage grit.  The Tenant is a triumph."
Village Voice

Other strong reviews may be found at:

Conceived and produced by Woodshed Collective (Teddy Bergman, Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, Stephen Squibb, Artistic Directors), The Tenant is written by Bekah Brunstetter, Sarah Burgess, Paul Cohen, Dylan Dawson, Steven Levenson, and Tommy Smith with production dramaturgy by Stephen Squibb.  The Tenant is directed by Teddy Bergman and Stephen Brackett.

Set in Paris and inspired by the novella that was famously adapted into a film by Roman Polanski, The Tenant is a thrilling, haunting and grotesquely hilarious investigation into the relationship between who we are and where we live.  When Monsieur Trelkovsky rents a room recently vacated by a woman who fell from her window, he soon finds his world changing in bizarre ways. Haunted by images of the previous tenant’s apparent suicide and terrorized by his new neighbors, Trelkovsky begins a slow descent into paranoia and delirium.

Staged and installed by Woodshed Collective over five building stories in the historic West Park Presbyterian Church parish house, The Tenant features an original script by a team of New York's brightest up-and-coming playwrights— Bekah Brunstetter (Atlantic Theater Co.’sOohrah!), Sarah Burgess (Naked Angels), Paul Cohen (Woodshed Collective’s The Confidence Man), Dylan Dawson (Naked Angels, Ars Nova, 52nd Street Project), Steven Levenson (Roundabout’s The Language of Trees, HERE’s Seven Minutes in Heaven), and Tommy Smith (P73, Williamstown).  Each playwright has written the story of a separate denizen of this Parisian tenement, and collaborated with Woodshed Collective to create a living building. The Tenant features original scoring by Tony and Grammy award winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening) and David Van Tieghem.

The Tenant explores the bubbling conflict between an uncanny mix of colorful characters to create a symphonic piece of powerful theater.  Building off this original, commissioned script and layering in the power of film, architecture, video, and light, the show is a shifting, mirrored landscape designed to delight and unnerve while drawing our attention to those aspects of ourselves we hide just below the surface.

About Woodshed Collective

Woodshed Collective (Teddy Bergman, Gabriel Hainer Evansohn, Carl Faber, Emily Fishbaine, Jocelyn Kuritsky, Jessica Pabst, and Stephen Squibb)  creates installation theater presented free of charge to the public. The company realizes handcrafted, visceral worlds in diverse locations for audiences to explore, athleticizing their senses, emotions, and minds. Inspiring spectators to claim a presence that helps author the experience itself, our productions aim to create a genuine sense of wonder.

Woodshed’s productions of Twelve Ophelias, performed in Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool, and The Confidence Man, performed aboard a decommissioned steam ship in the Hudson River, were hailed by critics.

Woodshed Collective is the most recent evolution of what began as a method of production. Founded at Vassar College in the spring of 2002 as the Woodshed Theater Ensemble, the company initially sought to deemphasize the traditional, hierarchical model of theatrical production.  Growing out of an educational background that emphasized critical thinking and dialogue, the members of the Ensemble developed productions of known plays through collaborative, extended discussion and non-traditional rehearsal techniques.

When the company relocated to New York City, it soon became clear that the method needed to be re-imagined. What had made sense in an academic environment—producing canonical or established texts in new ways—now limited potential. New York inspired the company not only to produce in inventive ways, but to produce new texts in new ways; and, in a city bursting with new voices the company was anxious to collaborate with the wealth of exciting artists working within the greater theatrical community. Additionally, New York prompted a rethinking of the relationship between audience and performance. The goal became to create fully realized theatrical worlds for our audiences to explore from the ground up.

Over a period of four years Woodshed Collective has evolved from staging a proscenium production of Federico Garcia Lorca’s Blood Wedding, in an established downtown theater, to conceiving, adapting, and producing a massive, multi-layered installation of Herman Melville’sThe Confidence Man on a decommissioned steamship in the Hudson River. The energy formerly spent on developing ideas for an already existing text moved into developing the text and production simultaneously.

About West-Park Presbyterian Church

West-Park Presbyterian Church, located on the corner of 86th and Amsterdam, has a long history of having intimate ties with the arts and culture.  Having hosted a number of theatrical companies in the past, West-Park is is pleased to welcome the Woodshed Collective as artists-in-residence for the months of August and September.  West-Park also has a long history of deep engagement with social issues.  A founding church in the More Light movement, which fought to end the ban on ordaining LGBTQ people within the Presbyterian Church, West-Park has a long-standing commitment to social justice.  West-Park’s vision for the future is made manifest in the Center @ West-Park, a community-based project for social and spiritual transformation.  The Center will be a home for people of many faiths and those who simply share a passion for and commitment to exploring and bettering the world.  West-Park also celebrated its 100th anniversary this year in a year-long series of events called 100+.  The celebration, which has included a concert series, theatrical productions, and more, will culminate this December in a gala event to celebrate West-Park’s rich history and its commitment to the future.

The Tenant currently performs at West-Park Presbyterian Church on the following schedule: Wednesday through Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 7pm and 10:30pm.  The performance schedule for the extension is September 21-23 at 8pm; September 24 at 7 and 10:30pm; Sept 27-October 1 at 8pm. Tickets are free and may be reserved at  For more information about The Tenant and Woodshed Collective,  You may find more information at

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