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A new immersive theater performance in which 30 guests enter a mansion, one by one, and step into a lucid dream.
A new immersive theater performance in which 30 guests enter a mansion, one by one, and step into a lucid dream.
229 backers pledged $35,062 to help bring this project to life.

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Houseworld is a new surrealist immersive theater performance. One by one, our guests enter an historic mansion and step into a dreamworld.

Guests are free to find their own path, from the dark recesses of the basement to the illumination of the attic. Each room contains a different emotion. Each character represents a different facet of the human psyche.

The surreal inhabitants of the house deliver a heightened sense of intimacy, which is often experienced one on one.

Through exploring Houseworld, the audience is guided into the deepest parts of themselves.

 Houseworld was created by Brooklyn artist Andrew Hoepfner in the fall of 2014. It was made in collaboration with a cast of 30 volunteer artists. The first season, comprised of six triumphant performances, concluded in February.

Audiences were thrilled by Houseworld. The play began as invite-only, performed at an undisclosed church property in Flatbush, and word spread rapidly. Heavy demand filled the performances to capacity as quickly as they were announced. Houseworld received critical acclaim, with Gawker descrbing it as “the best theater in NYC.”

Houseworld creator Andrew Hoepfner
Houseworld creator Andrew Hoepfner
The Spirit in the Attic
The Spirit in the Attic

Houseworld makes unique contributions to the immersive theatre form, adding up to an unforgettable experience:

  • Audience members have an incredible amount of agency. They can dramatically change the plot and outcome of the story. 
  • A large portion of Houseworld involves one-on-one exchanges between the audience and the performers. Guests who want to deeply engage with the performers can do so, while introverts are free to enjoy from a distance. 
  • Houseworld is an original story. It’s our world and fully inhabited with our own characters. 
  • The experience of Houseworld covers a broad emotional spectrum. It is playful, sorrowful, erotic, and scary. It is casual and relaxing, dramatic and intense. It is funny, and it is enlightening.
The Wind
The Wind
The Bathtub Guru
The Bathtub Guru

The first six performances of Houseworld cost approximately $6000 in total. They were a labor of love, funded mostly by the wallet of creator, Andrew Hoepfner. With each performance, the audience feasted to their hearts’ content on food and spirits. Additionally, the budget went toward lightbulbs, cleaning supplies, costumes, instruments, incense, a Playstation, and everything else it takes to build an alternate reality. The first season of Houseworld could not have happened without the voluntary performances of the large cast, and the special circumstances that allowed access to the venue.

This fundraiser will significantly expand the scope of Houseworld. Rather than occurring on a handful of secret nights, Houseworld will transform into a long running performance, publicized and open to the public. Season 2 will take place between September and November of 2015. It will be performed every Thursday, and twice each Friday and Saturday, for a total of 33 shows. With audiences of 30 guests each night, 1,000 people will attend Houseworld. In order to take these steps, we must be able to pay the cast, rent the venue, supply the performance with food and drink, pay for advertising, and insure the cast and audience. During Season 2, ticket sales will allow Houseworld to become self sustaining, and then, profitable. This fundraiser is to achieve the momentum Houseworld needs to cross that threshold.

We will also substantially increase the production value of Houseworld. Our arsenal of boomboxes will be replaced by a building-wide sound system of high quality speakers, hidden from sight. The lamps and chandeliers of the house will be joined with dynamic stage lighting. Our set design, costumes, and props will all make huge leaps from their homemade beginnings, becoming the trappings of a lavishly crafted dream.

Amaya
Amaya
The Cook
The Cook
In the spirit of Houseworld, this fundraiser will be a journey deeper into the mystery. As donation goals are reached, we will release videos and photographs that reveal more of the rooms, characters, and stories contained within Houseworld.


The second video and accompanying content will be released when we reach $5,000. Follow our Kickstarter blog to watch our progress.

Houseworld Season 2 Budget

Investment needed up front to stay above the red: $24,500

Production costs: $33,000 
               Rent: $14,000
               Lighting: $6,000
               Set Design: $4,000
               Sound Design: $4,000
               Costumes: $2,000
               Advertising: $3,000
Operation costs: $7,000
               Alcohol: $3,000               
               Groceries: $1,650
               Pizza: $1,310
               Polaroids: $80
               Incense: $60
               Kombucha: $60
               Transportation of sound healing instruments: $840
Cast: $33,000
Insurance: $5,000

Total cost: $81,000

Total ticket sales expected: $75,000

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/houseworldnyc
Tumblr: http://houseworldnyc.tumblr.com
Twitter: @hswrld
Instagram: @housworldnyc

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge that Houseworld will face this summer is securing the venue for Season 2. There is a good possibility that we’ll be able to resume our performance in the same venue, but there is also a chance that we’ll have to find a different house. This would entail adapting the performance to the new space.

Before we begin venue negotiations, we need the money from this fundraiser. $30k will ensure that we can bring Houseworld to life in a beautiful setting.

The process of finalizing the venue could cause the opening of Season 2 to be delayed. However, we are already examining venues, and we are excited by the rich array of options for the future site of Houseworld.

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    Listed as a funder on our website, Houseworld.nyc

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    A Houseworld polaroid from The Photographer's Studio featuring one of our characters with a handwritten thank you from Andrew, the creator

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    A Houseworld Shell that contains The Divine Sound, + Houseworld Polaroid and handwritten thank you

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    A ticket to this coming season of Houseworld

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    A ticket to this coming season of Houseworld plus a Houseworld Shell that Contains the Divine Sound, Houseworld Polaroid, and handwritten thank you

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    A VIP ticket to this coming season of Houseworld. You will enter the house first and experience a scene that no one else will see.

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    A ticket to this coming season of Houseworld and a hand crafted game token from our original board game, Picnic. Plus Houseworld Shell, Houseworld Polaroid, and handwritten thank you

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    2 VIP tickets to this coming season of Houseworld. You will enter the house first and experience a scene that no one else will see.

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    for long distance donors: through video chat technology, join Houseworld for a night as a performer in a specially designed role

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    Your very own hand crafted edition of Houseworld's original board game, Picnic, plus a ticket to this coming season of Houseworld

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    Jesse Paris Smith, who plays the Angel of Peace in Houseworld, will perform a private healing sound immersion for you and up to 10 friends. Donor must receive reward in NYC.

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    Describe a dream you've had. When you attend this coming season of Houseworld, the characters will reenact your dream for you.

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    Describe a dream you've had. When you attend this coming season of Houseworld, your dream will be reenacted for you by the band DIIV.

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