Upon visiting your family's home after your mom's passing, you are whisked into a forgotten memory from childhood. Each interaction is as meaningful as it is fascinating when you rediscover your past and delight in the simplicities of being a kid once again.
However, something is not quite right. Perhaps it's the masked tension between your parents. Maybe you are hearing voices that seem to be only in your mind. It could even be that there is a monster hiding in your closet. After all, respite is only temporary when you are at the whim of your own mind.
Welcome home, Alex.
Welcome to Respite is a psychological-thriller that explores the parts of our mind that both help us and haunt us through the lens of a mental illness called Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), formally known as multiple personality disorder. This fictional story allows audience members to step into the shoes of Alex, the main character and Host of the Personality System, as they embark on a surreal journey into a forgotten childhood memory. Participants will encounter some of Alex's alternate personalities, as well as theatrical recreations depicting the symptoms of this disorder.
The goal of this experience is to push the boundaries of immersive storytelling through its use of interactivity, live performance, intimacy, and thoughtful design.
Welcome to Respite will be performed live with two actors playing multiple roles. Audiences may attend from anywhere in the world, as long as they have access to a VR headset! Through the magic of VR technology, participants will feel fully immersed into the 3D world.
The production will provide support in getting them into the performance on VR Chat and troubleshooting any technical difficulties. The experience is guided, so participants can expect to be given instructions throughout. To make the most of the experience, audience members who are embodying the primary avatar, Alex, should have their microphones turned ON so that they may speak with any characters they encounter.
We offer TWO experience types:
PREMIUM- There is only ONE premium ticket available for each show time. This audience member will be the primary focus of the experience, playing the role of Alex. Participants in this category can expect a high level of interactivity.
GENERAL- General audiences will serve as passive spectators of Alex's experience, playing the role of the alternate personalities within the personality system. While they will not interact with characters directly, they will be given unique opportunities to interact with and explore the space.
Total Participants: 10
Length: 30-45 minutes
Platform: VR Chat
Welcome to Respite is a VR adaptation of CoAct Productions' immersive theatre show, The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite. The original production, which took place in August 2019, was released as the first chapter of The Severance Theory series.
This version of the show was critically acclaimed, winning Immersion Nation's award as the 'Best Intimate Immersive' of 2019.
Lyndsie Scoggin, Producer/Creative Director
Danielle Levesque, Producer/Art Director
Payden Ackerman, Producer/Co-Writer/Performer, Michael (Dad)
Kelley Pierre, Co-Writer/Performer, Molly (Mom)
Christian Perfas, Performer (Voice of Kyle)
Deirdre Lyons, Performer (Voice of The Shadow)
PRESS & REVIEWS
(Based off of the original production.)
"Welcome to Respite is very aptly named, but there is something potentially dangerous running underneath this story. It’s the setup for a darker story to come and the way it was created was very smart narratively and structurally." - Immersed
"This was 30 minutes, but I would have gladly spent as much time as they would have allowed to really dive into the story and start peeling back the layers. I won’t forget it, and you won’t either once you’ve experienced it." - Nightmarish Conjurings
“Welcome to Respite makes the smart choices every time it needs to, all the way from the onboarding to the dismount. By carefully crafting the show, they make sure it all matters, for Alex, and for you.” - No Proscenium
"The show absolutely casts you in the lead role of what feels like a television show. Once you are planted into this memory from your past… you take an active role in the memory, talking to your parents, exploring your surroundings, as you find your way back home." - Horrorbuzz