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 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 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.
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
Set Design: $4,000
Sound Design: $4,000
Operation costs: $7,000
Transportation of sound healing instruments: $840
Total cost: $81,000
Total ticket sales expected: $75,000
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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