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The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite

Venice VR Expanded

Director:
Lyndsie Scoggin
Production:
CoAct Productions (Lyndsie Scoggin), Ferryman Collective (Deirdre V. Lyons, Stephen Butchko, Brian Tull, Braden Roy)
Running Time:
60’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Music:
Screaming Color
Sound:
Jeff Heimbuch, Christopher Lane Davis
Platform:
VRchat
Devices:
HTC Vive/Vive Pro/Pro 2 Oculus Rift/Rift S/Quest w/link Oculus Quest 1/Quest 2 Valve Index
VFX and animation designer :Christopher Lane Davis
VR world builder/ consultant:Andy Aloisio
Art director:Lyndsie Scoggin, Braden Roy
From the original in real life production by:Lyndsie Scoggin, Danielle Levesque, Payden Ackerman, Kelley Pierre
Graphic design:Lyndsie Scoggin, Stephen Butchko, Braden Roy
Character design / avatar builder:Sonnet Cooper
Live cast:Deirdre V. Lyons, Stephen Butchko, Whitton Frank, Christopher Lane Davis, Lyndsie Scoggin, Braden Roy
v.o. cast:Jeff Heimbuch, Morghann Stevens

Synopsis

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 only seem to be 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. The Severance Theory: 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), formerly 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.

Director’s Statement

The Severance Theory: Welcome to Respite was created to explore what it might look like to live with mental illness through allowing participants to step into the shoes of the main character. Its use of live virtual performances allows us to craft an experience unique to our participants with real-time, responsive interactions. The story was inspired by the true stories of people who suffer from DID and takes you on a roller coaster of emotions as you explore the parts of yourself that both help you—and haunt you. It is our hope that we can make a difference by promoting empathy and understanding for those who’ve been through so much already.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Lyndsie Scoggin – CoAct Productions
30949 Valley Oak Dr.
92382 – Running Springs, United States of America
Tel. +1 9517680862
info@coactproductions.com
http://www.theseverancetheory.com

PRODUCTION 2: Deirdre V. Lyons, Stephen Butchko, Brian Tull, Braden Roy – Ferryman Collective
6016 Whitworth Dr. Apt. 4
CA 90019 – Los Angeles, United States of America
Tel. +1 3236341960
info@ferrymancollective.com
http://www.ferrymancollective.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheSeveranceTheoryVR

PRESS OFFICE: Whitton Frank
7249 Franklin Ave. #101
CA 90046 – Los Angeles, United States of America
Tel. +1 6592790793
whittonfrank@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/theseverancetheoryvr
Instagram: @theseverancetheoryvr
Twitter: @SeveranceTheory


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