Monthly archives: March, 2015

Kickstarter Fully Funded! A toast to you from our cast and crew

A month after launching and just minutes before tonight’s rehearsal began, our Kickstarter goal was reached and our project became fully funded!


Thanks to your generous contributions, The Republic immersive theater experience now moves into full production with a massive build planned for this coming weekend to continue to fill our 18,000 square-foot warehouse with more than 25 elaborately designed spaces for you to explore come May.

To celebrate the exciting moment, our cast and design team offer a toast to all of you for helping to fund The Republic and spread the word over the last few weeks:


THANK YOU for all of your support. With Kickstarter funds, our vision for The Republic will be fully realized, creating the most exciting and unique experience for your enjoyment.

Moving past the Kickstarter phase, we will now begin to reveal much more about our experience. Later in April, we will be launching an all-new web site which will enable you to dive deeper into our story before arriving to The Republic. And, of course, tickets will be on sale then as well. We will continue to share updates here on the Production Blog as well, so keep coming back to see all the latest happenings!

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

Kickstarter party fun as our goal sits within our sights

This past weekend, we introduced Orlando to The Republic – or at least a small sampling of the society we’re creating.

Saturday night, we held a mysterious and intimate party inside our performance space. Amidst sets still very much under construction, our Kickstarter backers had a chance to interact with our performers in character for the very first time. We served themed drinks while the design team mingled with our future players, also offering a variety of live entertainment aimed at showcasing our performers’ many talents.

It was a tremendous success, both as a special event and as a fundraiser, getting us quite close to our Kickstarter goal. We’re currently just 14% away from our goal, with just over $1,000 to go!


At the end of the night, we took a group photo with our cast, crew, design team, and the last few remaining guests who stayed for the entire duration of the party:


We’ll be sharing much more from the party this week, including a closer look at who our characters are along with video of some of the live performances that took place at the event. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

In the meantime, help us reach our Kickstarter goal! We have just over 1 day remaining, so make your contribution now to nab one of our many exclusive rewards.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

The Republic in the news – On TV and on the web

This has been a big news week for us as The Republic has been covered by several major news outlets.

Just a couple hours ago, creator Sarah Elger was interviewed live on WESH 2 NBC’s Orlando My Way morning show to discuss our immersive theater experience:

Earlier in the week, two big theater web sites published excellent articles about The Republic:

  • Broadway World – Mysterious THE REPUBLIC Could Change How Florida Thinks About Theatre
  • Playbill – Theatre and Gaming Worlds Merge in New Immersive Show, Republic

  • “Like” The Republic + more Kickstarter contributions

    We’re still roughly two months out from our first performance – but you all like us already!

    In fact, more than 500 of you do as of today as our Facebook page crossed that milestone:


    If you don’t already “like” us on there… make it happen to stay updated on all the latest developments in our immersive theater experience.

    We also recently crossed the $4,000 mark in our Kickstarter! That leaves us with just under $3,500 to go – so keep those contributions coming. Don’t forget that we have many incredible rewards for special experiences exclusive to Kickstarter, so in another few days there won’t be another chance to get them.

     – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

    Why was The Republic at the TransWorld Halloween show?

    This past weekend, the annual TransWorld Halloween Show took place in St. Louis, MO, showcasing all the latest animatronics and special effects from the haunted house world.


    Representing The Republic, I was at the event for three days, talking to absolutely everyone about our upcoming immersive theater experience, while simultaneously browsing for any interesting effects, lighting, audio equipment, or other interactive elements we could integrate into our show in our own unique ways.



    But beyond me wandering the convention halls and making a purchase or two, The Republic also had an important presence at the event.


    Why was The Republic being prominently displayed at a TransWorld booth? Well, you’ll just have to wait to find out… very soon. We have an exciting opportunity in the works.

    In the meantime, with just 6 days left on our Kickstarter we are still in need of your support! Please head over and back our project today.

    Or, for an even better way to support The Republic, come to our Fundraiser Party this Saturday! Full details here.

     – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

    7 days left to back our Kickstarter – Help us fully realize our vision of The Republic

    We’ve reached the final week of our Kickstarter!

    With nearly $4,000 already contributed, we’re more than halfway to our goal of $7,500… but definitely not quite there yet. We need your help today to get us there!


    The $7,500 we ultimately raise via Kickstarter will help tremendously with bringing The Republic to you exactly as we have envisioned it, with the highest production levels throughout the experience. It will enable us to purchase more props, set dressings, furniture, electronic equipment including lighting and audio, special effects, makeup, costumes, and much more.

    There are no outside investors or big corporations behind The Republic. Our core design team is paying for every expense out of our own pockets and now that we have started building, those expenses are rising dramatically. Reaching our Kickstarter goal is unquestionably crucial to keeping this project moving at the pace it has been, on track for a phenomenal opening weekend in May.

    Whether you contribute $5, $100, or even $1,000 (as a couple backers have!), your Kickstarter support of The Republic is invaluable to us – and we know you’ll love your rewards too.

    So please head over to our Kickstarter now and back our project with any amount. Thank you!

    And don’t forget that as a Kickstarter backer, you can attend the incredible party we have planned this Saturday evening, March 28. Full details here. You won’t want to miss this special event.

    Forming first rooms of The Republic

    Last night the first two rooms of The Republic began to take shape. It was another late night in our warehouse as schemer Phillip Burgos and I made a few walls rise from frames on the floor to form actual spaces.

    Now, we aren’t revealing exactly what these spaces are, as we want you to discover the environments on your own when you come experience The Republic in May. But these under-cosntruction rooms are just two of the many detail-rich areas you’ll encounter while walking through our maze.



    Building continues tonight. And tomorrow. And the next day… and every day for the foreseeable future until all walls are up – which at this pace will happen sooner than we ever expected, allowing us even more time to fully design each room and work with our performers to perfect the experience for you.

    But sooner than that, amidst all this construction, you already have a chance to step inside our performance space this coming Saturday, March 28 at our Fundraising Party. With just 1 week left in our Kickstarter, we aim to meet our goal this coming weekend while giving you a 3-hour special event you won’t soon forget. More details here. We look forward to seeing you there!

     – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

    You’re Invited: THE REPUBLIC Fundraising Party with exclusive, one-time special experiences

    We are announcing a very special event that will allow you to step foot into our world for the first time, nearly two months before we officially open.

    You are invited to attend THE REPUBLIC Fundraising Party, to be held this coming Saturday, March 28, 2015 inside our performance space near downtown Orlando!


    Come party with the cast and creators of The Republic immersive theater experience on the final weekend of our Kickstarter campaign!

    This one-time event will feature a chance to fully explore our 18,000 square-foot warehouse amidst our production build while enjoying specialty drinks, music, live performances from our actors – and a few surprise encounters and announcements.

    Special Kickstarter rewards will be available during the party for exclusive experiences, including a chance to have your friend (or enemy) kidnapped!

    You never know what will happen next…

    Our goal for the event is to reach our Kickstarter goal during the party! A donation (of any amount) is required for admission. We will have computers set up to make contributions upon entry. And anyone who backs our Kickstarter before the party will get instant admission. Just let us know at the door that you’ve already contributed and we’ll escort you right in to this exclusive event.

    RSVP now on Facebook! SHARE with your friends!

    Location is near downtown Orlando. Exact address to be disclosed later this week via the event’s Facebook page. Doors open at 8pm. Arrive on time. Ample parking will be available. Must be at least 18 years old to enter. Event runs until 11pm.

    Expecting the unexpected. In The Republic, anything can happen.

    Building officially begins as The Republic immersive theater experience takes shape

    There has never been a busier time for The Republic design team than the last few days.

    Building has begun.

    Thanks to your continued Kickstarter contributions (8 days left!) we’ve made our lumber purchases ahead of schedule and have immediately gone to work.

    Our 18,000 square-foot warehouse is now housing a flurry of construction activity taking place amidst our continuing rehearsals. We’re working hard to rapidly construct the many walls that will form the elaborate maze of rooms you will get to explore beginning May 2015.




    Imagine building and fully decorating an 18,000 square-foot house in a matter of a few weeks. That is the task we have undertaken to create The Republic for you. And we’ll be ready for our opening day in less than two months with an interactive performance like you’ve never seen before.

    Please keep backing our Kickstarter and spreading the word about the project. Your donations are tremendously helpful to keep progress moving. We can feel the buzz building about The Republic and it’s only going to get crazier from here.

     – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

    Halfway to our Kickstarter goal + even more rewards

    This week we continue to stay right on target in our Kickstarter campaign as we hit another major milestone…



    Not long after making it to 33% one-third of the way through the 30-day campaign, we hit 50% halfway through the run. Since then we’ve even nudged a little forward to 51%!

    Now, with less than 2 weeks remaining, it’s up to you to help us reach that other half. We’re thrilled with how much support we’ve received from backers thus far and continue to tweak our Kickstarter rewards to meet your demands.

    Today we added a new reward that includes TWO tickets to The Republic + a special Kickstarter-exclusive experience for TWO at the event. That’s available in limited numbers so contribute now to not miss out!

    Beyond fundraising, we’ve had some exciting developments this week with the project, including more – shall we say – physical rehearsals as well as an update on our costume design, all of which I’ll be sharing here soon.

     – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos