“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:

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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


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…

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Halfway!

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


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


“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!

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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