The Tenant was named one of the 10 Best Things on Stage in 2011 by The L Magazine, calling Woodshed Collective ‘shoestring, site-specific, geniuses’.
Naming The Tenant one of the Top Theatre Stories of 2011, Playbill.com reminded everyone to watch their multimedia tour again.
ONE OF THE L MAGAZINE’S 10 BEST SHOWS OF 2011
ONE OF PLAYBILL’S TOP THEATRE STORIES OF 2011

CREATED AND PRODUCED BY WOODSHED COLLECTIVE
WRITTEN BY STEVEN LEVENSON, TOMMY SMITH, DYLAN DAWSON,
SARAH BURGESS, PAUL COHEN, & BEKAH BRUNSTETTER
INSPIRED BY ROLAND TOPOR’S BOOK
DIRECTED BY TEDDY BERGMAN & STEPHEN BRACKETT

ADMISSION | FREE to the public

WHERE | West-Park Presbyterian Church and Parish House
86th & Amsterdam Avenue, New York City

WHEN | Summer 2011

Set in Paris and inspired by Roland Topor’s book which 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 decent into paranoia and delirium.

Installed by Woodshed Collective in the West-Park Presbyterian Church and adjoining Parish House, The Tenant was adapted and expanded, with new text by New York’s brightest up and coming playwrights: Steven Levenson (Roundabout’s The Language of Trees), Tommy Smith (P73, Williamstown), Dylan Dawson (Naked Angels, Ars Nova, 52nd Street Project), Sarah Burgess (Naked Angels), Paul Cohen (Woodshed’s The Confidence Man), and Bekah Brunstetter (Atlantic Theater Company’s Oohrah!). The Tenant explored the bubbling conflict between an uncanny mix of colorful characters to create a symphonic piece of theater reflecting the often-harrowing experiences of urban living. Utilizing a company of over 20 actors, and spanning five floors and nearly 40,000 square feet, Woodshed presented an immersive, shifting, mirrored landscape designed to delight and unnerve while drawing attention to those aspects of ourselves we hide just below the surface.


Check out our NY TIMES Feature “No Space Too Dilapidated for a Show”.

Check out PLAYBILL‘s Walking Tour of The Tenant with Michael Crane as your guide.

  • “A great theatrical tapestry of vintage grit…a triumph of simultaneity and atmosphere” – Village Voice
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  • “One feels less like a spectator and more like an inhabitant” – The L Magazine
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  • “Impressively ambitious, inventive and creative” – Time Out New York
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  • “The world they’ve created is a fascinating one to get lost in” – Gothamist
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  • “Played with delicious aloofness…wonderfully dingy” – BroadwayWorld.com
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  • “Can’t be beat…as good as this genre gets” – Lighting and Sound America
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  • “Vibrant…fabulously conceived” – NY Theatre Examiner
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  • “Not only a remarkable logistical achievement, but also an impressive artistic one” – TheaterMania
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  • “As an art installation, The Tenant succeeds” – Backstage
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  • “Sumptuously designed” – NYtheater.com
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