Research & Development Brouhaha Theatre Project

About This Show

Research & Development is a participatory theater experience in which audiences enter into a surreal venture capital laboratory. Ridiculous inventions, outrageous apps, and ludicrous start-ups are pitched by entrepreneurs eager to prove they’ve got the Next Big Thing. Performers integrate verbatim audience text gathered in live interviews into public and intimate exchanges, as we all await the arrival of the firm’s mysterious investor. Propelled by dance and live music, performers and spectators engage collaboratively in the exhilarating moment of creation – the moment when the possibilities seem endless and even bad ideas seem revelatory.

about the artists

Nick Auer (co-creator/co-director) conceived and directed Brouhaha’s inaugural production Tunnel Odyssey with Max Pendergast.  Before Brouhaha, he adapted and directed a site-specific staging of Apollinaire’s The Breasts of Tiresias.  He also works as an Assistant Stage Manager for pioneering experiential dance-theatre company Third Rail Projects. Other recent credits include Wrestling with Lesbians (Director, The Tank), BLDZR the musical (Performer, Triad Theater), I’m Bleeding All Over the Place: A Living History Tour (Music Director/performer, La Mama), and And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid (performer/stage manager, The Kitchen).

Max Pendergast (co-creator/co-director) founded The Brouhaha Theatre Project with Nick Auer, and co-directed its first production Tunnel Odyssey. Other Directing credits include The Castle of Perseverance, The Pirates of Penzance, and Black Cat Lost by Erin Courtney. Stage Management credits include MYTHO? (Abrons Art Center), BLDZR the musical (The Triad), I’m Bleeding all over the Place: A Living History Tour (La Mama), And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid (The Kitchen), The Egg Progect (Fringe NYC), and Billy the Kid (Mount Tremper Arts).

Monday, February 20 at 7:30pm

General Admission

$15 in advance

$18 at the door



Estimated Runtime
65 minutes

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Directed by

Max Pendergast and Nick Auer

Choreography by

Alexandra Tweedley

Text developed in collaboration with

Sam Myers and the Company

Original Music by

Maddie Legro


Catherine Mary Stewart, Hanna Allerton, John Goodman, Nick Auer, Max Pendergast, Sam Myers, Dan Kuan Peeples, Nicko Sandy, Maddie Legro

Photo credit:

Nick Auer