The Severance Theory:
Chapter 1 - Welcome to Respite
CO-PRODUCER / PRODUCTION DESIGN
Immersive Theater. Drama.
Director: Lyndsie Scoggin
Writer: Payden Ackerman
This 30 minute performance delivers a first-person account of living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. The single audience member is invited to step into the role of “Alex,” as they navigate the disorder from the beginning if it's manifestation.
"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." - Erik Blair, Immersed
"Inside the home is comfortable, there has been thought and care put into making sure I feel like this is my home...I applaud Kelly Pierre, Payden Ackerman, Danielle Levesque, and Lyndsie Scoggin. You have all truly created something incredibly unique and immersive on a level that hits all your senses...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." - Kamarra Cole, 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.” - Kevin Gossett, No Proscenium
"The show absolutely casts you in the lead role of what feels like a television show...Also, a shout out to art director and producer Danielle Levesque (who played double duty as the realtor) for making the home feel “lived in,” as it truly did feel like a homecoming. It was definitely a place of warmth of love, and it truly did remind me of a place my family lived. This helped the actors tremendously, because it felt like a home, and not just a space that the production rented for the show. A simple touch, and one that some companies often forget about." - Jeff Heimbuch, Horrorbuzz