The Nerve Tank

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The Nerve Tank is the exploratory and developmental wing of LIVE Theater Company. Founded in 2006 by Melanie S. Armer and Chance D. Muehleck, The Nerve Tank is an incubator for theatrical performance. We collaborate with actors and designers in a spirit of artistic adventure, and our rehearsal methods lie outside the traditional models. We combine elements of popular culture, mediated image, and physical presence to test lines of engagement between spectator and live event.

Based in New York, we have staged works at Theatre for the New City, chashama, the New York International Fringe Festival, Dixon Place, and Pittsburgh’s Flux Festival. We are currently in residence at The Brooklyn Lyceum.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

A Gathering  | Open: 03/05/09 Close: 06/18/09
The Nerve Tank is proud to announce the opening of their dark, metaphysical thriller, A Gathering. The piece fuses movement theatre, spoken word, and immersive design to take the audience on a unique and layered journey. Three people hide from an unseen threat; along the way, identities are questioned and narratives spiral out of control. The show features a rotating cast of Nerve Tank company members. It's been developed in residence at The Brooklyn Lyceum in their Downstairs Theatre, a 4,000 square-foot performance venue and former public bath. Drinks will be served at a cash bar after each performance.

Text: Chance D. Muehleck
Direction: Melanie S. Armer
Stage Design: Solomon Weisbard
Sound Design: Stephan Moore
Costume Design: David Withrow
Featuring: Brian Barefoot, Stacia French, Jason Howard, Irene Hsi, Kevin Lapin
Stage Management: Jennifer Caster

Bauhaus The Bauhaus  | Open: 10/09/09 Close: 11/22/09
Modernism! Utopia! Architecture! Sit-upons! The Nerve Tank explores the Bauhaus, the seminal German school of design that operated from 1919 until 1933, when the Nazi regime shut it down. bauhaus the bauhaus is a fully immersive research and performance experience, where collective action meets mass production to form a stylized dream of progress. Are the ideals of the Bauhaus alive and well today? Or have they been concealed, co-opted, and Ikea-d to death? This project is a multimedia assembly of music, video, movement, and language. Henry Ford, Tom Wolfe, Walter Gropius and Andy Warhol all make appearances. The company is collaborating on its creation with German dramaturge and director Lutz Kessler.