Category: Build

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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


Two months ’til beta test

Over the weekend, The Republic hit another major milestone: 2 months until we open!

Well, technically, it’s now just under two months until our 2-week “beta test,” as we’re calling it. We’ll be debuting The Republic experience at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.

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There, we’ll hold two weekends of performances before our true official debut in late May.

The Orlando Fringe Festival is an annual event that’s home to all sorts of wild productions, so we will fit in perfectly. We’ll be enlisting the help of Fringe attendees to test out our highly interactive experience so we’re ready for the masses to follow.

We’ve reached that 2-month mark right on schedule, ready to begin building our massive themed environments and continue rehearsals in those spaces, preparing the immersive experiences you will step into. There’s no doubt the next few weeks will fly by and you can continue to watch it all unfold right here. And we’ll have some more exciting news within the next few days for a couple even earlier opportunities you’ll have to preview our performance.

In the meantime, please keep contributing to our Kickstarter, which is moving along steadily toward reaching its goal at the end of this month!

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


New Kickstarter rewards revealed as we reach one-third funding

Today we reached a double milestone for our Kickstarter crowd funding campaign: one-third funded and one-third of the time gone!

Our 30-day campaign is 10 days in and we’re exactly on track to reach our goal having received 33% funding with the latest contribution.

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But the pace has slowed in recent days, so we sat down to come up with some new incentives to tempt you all to support the creation of this incredible experience. Building off the most popular reward thus far, the $70 ticket + one-on-one experience combo, we’ve come up with even better rewards for you:

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: After the experience, you can meet and interact with members of The Republic team, discussing the adventure and learning answers to your questions. Includes admission for 1 player to The Republic + meet-and-greet opportunity post-show.

MORE INTENSE: Take on the most “extreme” role in The Republic. Be the first to enter, instantly rewarded with the most intense and interactive opportunities throughout the experience. You will be challenged. Includes one ticket.

If you’ve already backed our project (thanks!) and one of these new rewards sounds better than what you chose, you can still modify your contribution. Or if you haven’t yet, head back over to our Kickstarter and give us a nod! Your contributions will immediately begin funding our build including lumber, special effects, costumes, makeup, and much more.

Thank you for your continued support of The Republic!

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


The Republic experience officially moves into its home

On Sunday, one hour before rehearsal was set to begin, we received some big news.

Sarah (The Republic creator, for those who haven’t been following along) quickly alerted our performers that our usual rehearsal space was unavailable for the evening and instructed them to meet at a mysterious parking lot address nearby. Then we led them on an exciting adventure…

The keys to The Republic’s warehouse space are officially ours – 3 weeks earlier than expected.

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Our performers were just as elated as we were to call this 18,000 square foot location home.

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They even slipped into character for one final group photo. (Your first glimpse, perhaps, at who these actors are portraying, even in their casual clothes. But you won’t know find out who these characters are until you come see the show.)

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Securing this location is a huge part of what your Kickstarter contributions will go towards. It’s definitely not cheap to rent such a large space for so many months, but absolutely necessary to put on a production of this scale.

After much celebrating, we immediately held our first rehearsal in our new warehouse. And from this point forward, every bit of work we do on The Republic will be in this space.

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We will begin building imminently, which means this blog is about to get a whole lot more interesting.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Kickstarter milestone + a building request

Late yesterday we were incredibly excited to see that our Kickstarter project – less than 4 days running – has already hit 25% of its goal!

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(Well, technically 24.9%… but close enough!)

Thanks so much to our generous contributors, especially the one lucky person (so far) who will be spending an evening with The Republic creator Sarah Elger up in her control center, towering over the show as it runs.

That is one of the many unique experiences we’re offering exclusively through Kickstarter, available in limited quantities.

As the funds start to add up, we are moving into our next phase of the project: building. We’re moving into our warehouse soon and are planning the massive set build ahead of us. Most importantly, we need lumber!

So if you or anyone you know happens to have a lead on inexpensive lumber, either through deals, surplus, or even sponsorship for us, please email info@therepublicgame.com with details.

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Thank you for all your Kickstarter contributions so far. With 26 days still remaining, we look forward to blasting past our goal and launching some exciting stretch goals to make The Republic even more amazing.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos