Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite?
Welcome to Respite, the first chapter of The Severance Theory is a live, immersive, and intimate VR show with two actors and up to 10 participants. 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. This fictional story allows audience members to step into the shoes of Alex, the main character and the primary personality within the ‘Personality System.’ Participants will encounter some of Alex's alternate personalities, as well as theatrical recreations depicting the symptoms of this disorder.
How long is the Experience?
Each performance will last approximately 40 minutes.
What Equipment is Needed?
To have the best experience possible, audience members are required to use a VR headset. Your VR headset can be tethered to a PC or via wifi (such as an Oculus Quest).
What if I don't have Access to a VR Headset?
WtR can be experienced from a desktop computer, though a VR headset is highly recommended. You can only attend as a GENERAL audience member on PC and MUST arrange with the production team to attend on desktop.
Which Film Festivals Will WtR be Participating In?
The Tribeca Film Festival running June 9th through June 20th. Check back for the latest news about where WtR is appearing after that.
Can I Buy Tickets to See WtR Outside Film Festivals?
WtR will be available to experience throughout 2021 at film festivals around the world. We hope to offer WtR to the general public after it has finished its festival run.
What’s the Difference Between the Two Ticket Types?
There are two tiers of ticketed audience interaction:
PREMIUM (Alex): 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 actor interactivity.
GENERAL (Alter): General audiences will serve as spectators of Alex's experience, playing the role of the alternate personalities within the personality system. While they will not interact with actors directly, they will be given unique opportunities to interact with the world, explore the space and even play a role at key moments in the story.
What do I Need to Know if I Have a Premium Ticket and Will be Playing Alex?
To avoid unnecessary noise feedback, headphones MUST be worn while attending WtR with a premium ticket as Alex, particularly on Quest as they don’t have built in headphones. These are preferably wired headphones and not Bluetooth, but either would be acceptable.
Participants who will be playing Alex can expect a high level of interactivity including conversations and environmental interaction.
Which Platform Hosts WtR?
As WtR is hosted on VRChat, an account is required to experience the show. Follow this link to setup an account: https://hello.vrchat.com/
I Have a Ticket to Attend WtR, How do I Get to You?
The production will provide support in getting audiences into the performance and troubleshooting any technical difficulties. Guests who have tickets to attend WtR will receive emails with instructions for joining us. You can also review our set up page to get familiar with the process.
What is Dissociative Identity Disorder?
Dissociative Identity Disorder (previously known as multiple personality disorder) is an extremely rare and complex psychological condition. It is characterized by a person's identity fragmenting into two or more distinct personality states. People with this condition are often victims of severe abuse.
Presence of two or more completely different personalities
Why Are You Doing a Show About Mental Illness?
As immersive designers and storytellers, we are uniquely capable of using our craft to highlight important issues regarding mental illness. While this experience is meant for entertainment only, it is our intention to use our platform to promote empathy towards those who are struggling mentally, and to end stigma against such illnesses.
If I Needed to Find Some Mental Health Resources, Where Would I Look?
Hotlines and Crisis Services
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696
Eating Disorder Support Hotline: 1-847-831-3438
Sexual Assault and Rape Survivor Support: 1-800-656-4673
National Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence: 1-800-656-4673 or 1-800-799-7233
Anti-hate Line: 1-800-649-0404
211 California: 2-1-1
The Women’s Center: 1-818-677-2780
Rape Crisis Center: 1-805-983-6014
Who Should NOT See WtR?
1. Please be advised that WtR uses animations and special effects that may trigger adverse reactions in people dealing with Epilepsy.
2. VR Headsets can generally be disorienting for those who are not used to them. This experience is not recommended for those dealing with vertigo or similar conditions.
3. WtR depicts trauma related symptoms and is not recommended for people who have suffered from severe traumatic events as it may be triggering.
Is Welcome to Respite Scary?
While there are some scary moments in WtR, a majority of the show is quite lovely and whimsical. There are no jump scares involved in the experience.
What is The Severance Theory?
The Severance Theory is a fully interactive virtual reality series featuring live, theatrical performance. This unique experience lies on the border of cinema, immersive theatre, and video game design. The story allows you to step into the shoes of Alex, who struggles with Dissociative Identity Disorder (D.I.D.), as they travel through the journey of their past on a path to healing.
The first chapter, Welcome to Respite, is intended to be available to the public in early 2022 with the second chapter, Cognizance already well into production. You can access these shows through VR Chat using Quest or PC VR. We look forward to seeing you there!