Category: Performer

The Republic in the News: Orlando Sentinel cover story + FOX 35 in primetime

This has been an exciting week for spreading the word about The Republic!

Following the launch of our new web site and our tickets going on sale, today our big article hit the Orlando Sentinel – on the front page!

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Featured in the article are Sarah, Phil, and Nathanael, along with a few of our performers pictured in the paper and on the Sentinel web site, along with some great video of Sarah and Phil further discussing The Republic.

Sarah and I also ended up on FOX 35 news last night to talk about the project:

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Tickets are available now and will continue to sell fast as the world continues to learn more about The Republic!

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Tickets to The Republic now on sale! Plus our all-new web site launches

Tickets are now on sale for The Republic!

Today we launched a fully redesigned web site at TheRepublicGame.com, offering a closer look at some of our characters as well as a full list of our incredibly talented performers.

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In addition, full dates and details for all 11 weeks of performances are now available, from our “beta test” period with the Orlando Fringe Festival to the full performance run.

Tickets are available for all performances here. Tell your friends, relatives, and everyone you meet!

Across the 11 week run, Thursday evenings will have one performance at 8pm and Friday and Saturday evenings will have two performances at 7:30pm and 10pm. The experience lasts roughly 90 minutes.

The new web site will continue to evolve over the next few weeks and throughout our performance run, so keep checking back regularly to dive deeper into the world of The Republic.

But most importantly, grab tickets while you can! With just 30 players allowed into each experience, there’s a limited number of spaces available.


Team building through terror at Legends – A Haunting at Old Town

This week, The Republic creator Sarah Elger had a wonderfully horrible idea.

In lieu of regular rehearsal, our performers were instructed by Phil and Allie to meet in a seemingly random parking lot in Kissimmee. They were told to not ask questions and not speak upon arrival. From there, they were led into a nearby empty field, bound, blindfolded, and berated.

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After some exercises intended to help them get to know each other and each other’s characters even better, the blindfolds and zip ties were removed and they were escorted across the street, still in silence.

They were led to Legends – A Haunting at Old Town, a year-round haunted house we rented out for the evening, unbeknownst to them. Inside, The Republic creator Sarah Elger and I waited under the pretense that we had gone missing. It was their job to find us…

The Legends team did a fantastic job with our makeup, making Sarah look like she’d been beaten and bruised as my kidnapping victim, after I’d transformed into one of their “twitchlings.” There were three separate areas in the haunt at which Sarah and I interacted with our performers. As she screamed out for help, only a small number came to her rescue while the rest ran by scared.

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We all gathered afterward at a nearby Old Town bar for some drinks, a bit of karaoke, and plenty of socializing. And yes, Sarah and I stayed in our makeup throughout the rest of the night.

The team building evening was a success and everyone had a blast.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


Dances and kidnappings filled our festive fundraising party

It’s a big week for The Republic. We met our Kickstarter goal (thank you again!) and are heading into a weekend filled with building as many walls as we can to continue to transform our performance space from an empty warehouse into 18,000 square feet of fully themed environments.

As we ready ourselves for another weekend of excitement, we are looking back at last weekend’s fun-filled fundraising party, which offered the world a first look at several of our characters. Those who were there had a blast interacting with our performers. Though they weren’t in costume, they were most definitely in character the entire time.

For those who couldn’t make it out, today I offer you a glimpse at a few highlights from the party, including a particularly passionate and manic tango performed by Jana Bernard and Steven Kabick, as the Medusa and Minotaur, as well as a kidnapping at the party featuring our CEO (played by Kathryn Fabbroni), Oracle (played by Chris Brown), and Silver (played by Michael Corinella):

Now, the exact moments featured during the party will not be part of our production, but do give a sense of the type of interactions that players will enjoy while experiencing The Republic.

Other performers seen in the video and photos above include Steven Finkle as Daedalus, Emmi Green as a Bronze, Kim Lopez as a Slave, Jim Inzirillo and Clare Ghezzi as Surgeon, Justin Jones as HR Boss #1, and Gus Rodriguez as HR Boss #2. We announced these characters during the party, though have withheld details about who they are really are – on purpose. You’ll have to come out to experience The Republic beginning in May to meet them yourself.

Though… we are planning a few more surprise appearances between now and then.

Over the next couple days, our engineer Phil Burgos will be leading a team to make that happen. Check out all these 2×4’s he and The Republic creator Sarah Elger loaded up today:

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 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos


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!

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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:

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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!

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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:

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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


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.

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.


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


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.

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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


Role Revolution – Moving from auditions to rehearsals

Much has happened since our last update here. We’ve moved past auditions into regular rehearsals, working with our performers to fine tune their most unique of roles.

Over the last few days, we’ve begun rehearsing our first scene, an important moment to set the stage for the rest of the wild performance you will experience – and interact with. I can’t entirely share just what is going on in the photos below. An orientation, of sorts. One you’ll want to be a part of.

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The Republic’s creator / Dungeon Master Sarah Elger (seen below in the pink and black dress) is there every step of the way, ensuring each rehearsal improves upon the last while always accepting input and ideas from the entire team of designers and performers. It’s a beautifully creative process.

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And it should be obvious from all the smiles that we’re having a ton of fun along the way.

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The Republic has twelve specific roles for our performers to portray. But we have far more incredible performers than there are roles, so we’re doubling – sometimes tripling – up, allowing each to interpret their characters to fit their own quirky personalities. While they will all guide players (that’s you) through the same wonderfully intricate story, the way it will actually play out will be different depending on which cast is performing that night.

That just means when we debut in May, you’ll have to come back to fully appreciate the grand scale of The Republic. Again and again. It’ll be different every time, we assure you.

And this post marks the beginning of regular Production Blog updates – almost daily. So keep checking back frequently to watch The Republic come together and to be ready for when tickets go on sale in a few weeks.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos