Category: Design

The Republic official T-shirts now available!

By popular demand, official T-shirts are now available for The Republic!

They’re available only when purchasing a ticket to the experience.


The Republic T-shirts are available in a variety of sizes in men’s and women’s style. Simply add one on when buying a ticket online and pick it up when you come to the show.

Get yours here.

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

“Face Off” artists officially join The Republic team to create original characters

With top theme park designers leading the artistic direction of The Republic, there’s no doubt our team is loaded with talent.

Today we are officially announcing the involvement of two more incredibly creative people: Eric Garcia and David O’Connell. You might know Eric and David from the hit Syfy TV show “Face Off,” on which they showed off their incredible skills as makeup effects artists.

Hear from them, along with The Republic creator Sarah Elger, in the video below, which also offers a first glimpse at one of the sculpts they’ve been working on for us.

“I am excited to be working on this project! It is something I have never heard of before and has such great potential,” said Garcia. “It will be fun to see how people interact with the characters we develop.”

As with every aspect of this project, the more money we have, the better we can make it. Your contributions to our Kickstarter will help fund materials needed for Eric and David to fully realize their visions for our performers to be enhanced by their effects during each night’s experience. You will literally come face-to-face with their creations. So please support our Kickstarter campaign to make their makeup even better!



We’re thrilled to have Eric and David join our team and will be sharing more updates from them as their work progresses.

 – 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

Music of The Republic from composer Greg Nicolett

We are fortunate to have Hollywood composer Greg Nicolett on board to create the musical score that will play throughout The Republic experience.

Greg’s work has been heard in “The Vampire Diaries,” “Smallville,” “Eureka,” and even that crazy awesome Shia LaBeouf YouTube video. Yes, that one.


Music is an incredibly important part of this production, setting the tone of each scene. And you have already heard a small sampling of Greg’s work for The Republic in our Kickstarter video (or if you haven’t seen it yet, watch/listen below):

That particular music was just a test track to get a feel for what the score of The Republic will sound like. In addition to Greg’s score, I will personally be creating the sound design for the experience, working on all the necessary sound effects, moments, mixing, and editing required to make our highly designed environments not only look real, but sound real as well.

While Greg is a completely capable musician, able to compose and record our score on his own, we’d all prefer if we could hire some talented musicians to work with him. And that’s one of the many areas where our Kickstarter campaign comes in handy. With your contributions, we can pull together a small orchestra to record Greg’s music, making The Republic an even richer experience.

And one of the rewards we’re offering on Kickstarter is a copy of Greg’s score in collectible packaging.

So please head over and back our project to make our music even better!

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing some very surprising news from The Republic. Don’t forget to come back to see one of the most exciting updates so far…

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

Prop acquisition in the most convenient location

The 18,000 square-foot downtown Orlando warehouse The Republic will soon call home presented us with an exciting opportunity this past weekend.

The current occupants of the warehouse had filled it with a huge assortment of furniture, electronics, and other home goods – all of which they were selling off before moving out.


To fill The Republic’s 25+ individually unique spaces, we’re going to need a lot of props and set pieces. This sale was a perfect opportunity to acquire a great deal of what we intend to use. It’s also a perfect example of how funds contributed via our Kickstarter campaign will be used, not only to buy props but also to pay for use of the massive warehouse space itself.

Many other shoppers arrived to the sale early Saturday morning, so we quickly assembled our team to select which pieces will be best for our show – Sarah Elger, Phillip Burgos, Nathanael White, Benjamin Pile, and myself were there to hand pick which items fit with the various themed environments of The Republic, rapidly marking them off with blue tape.







Once we’d finished picking out items we ran through the numbers, negotiated a bit, and it was a done deal.


We walked away with the most convenient prop acquisition imaginable, having to simply move our purchased pieces to another area of the warehouse, ready for us when we move in soon.


Naturally, we’ll need a lot more than a few candlesticks, dressers, and filing cabinets to fill the intricately designed spaces that will make up The Republic experience, but this was a great start.

There are still many more props to purchase (along with many other expenses), so please contribute to our Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to help support us:

Keep checking back for more exciting updates from the warehouse as we get closer to moving in. We may even have a very interesting opportunity for you to check out the space before we even start building…

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

Developing character through costumes

They say clothes make the man. In The Republic, costumes will serve many important purposes well beyond making our performers look good. (Or bad, depending on their social status in our whacked-out fictional society…)

Last night we met with one of our performers, Kim Lopez, along with three of her friends – one via Skype. They’re all fantastic cosplayers who regularly fabricate elaborate outfits with limited budget and time. And that’s exactly what The Republic needs.


Our hour-long discussion broke down the basics of how each performer’s costume will enhance their role and, more importantly, their presence in the world we are creating. Expect each and every one of them to stand out.

Kim and her talented team will be creating costume designs for our performers – and also a few surprises for our players. What that means exactly… well, you’ll just have to come out to see The Republic in person to find out when the show opens in May.

In the meantime, look for some early costume designs to pop up on this blog very soon.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

Warehouse planning, measuring, preparing

The Republic has secured a fantastic location, centrally located in Orlando. That location will be disclosed to our players as needed when we open in May.

Though we’re not ready to move into the space for another couple months, we recently visited the space to take measurements to properly develop our floor plans and space design.


Inside, the player will experience a “maze” of rooms, large and small, encountering performers and interacting with props and puzzles throughout. Much more to come on that.


That’s me (Ricky Brigante), Phillip Burgos, Sarah Elger, and Nathanael White. You’ll get to know us better – along with the rest of our team – in the months ahead. While we all have our individual roles in The Republic, it’s truly a collaborative effort.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

What is The Republic?

The Republic is a difficult experience to summarize succinctly.

It’s not a stage show.  It’s not a haunted house.  It’s not an escape room.  It’s not a ride.  It’s something entirely new.

Creator / Dungeon Master Sarah Elger explains in the video below:

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos

Welcome to The Republic Production Blog

The Republic is an innovative, immersive theater experience opening May 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

Combining elements of theater and gaming in a fully themed environment, players step into a themed world inhabited by intriguing characters and take on an important role in this conflicted society. Your decisions dictate how the rich story ends.


As our team creates this unique experience in the coming months, this blog will serve to document and share our progress, from design to construction to completion.

We hope you enjoy this behind the scenes look as The Republic takes shape.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos