THE SEVERANCE THEORY:
WELCOME TO RESPITE
August 2019, Los Angeles
Welcome to Respite marks the first chapter of immersive theatre series THE SEVERANCE THEORY.
Inspired by true stories of people living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), THE SEVERANCE THEORY is a fully interactive immersive theatre experience that takes you on a journey into the world of Alex, the main character and host of the personality system. (Learn more about the series as a whole here.)
Designed for only a single audience member, Welcome to Respite is a 30-minute experience where the participant steps into the shoes of Alex. Upon visiting your childhood 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.
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#16 Fluid identity, empathy, and the struggle to understand.
Lyndsie Scoggin & Danielle Levesque of CoAct Productions
"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