The Nest is an intimate, live experience that combines elements of immersive theater, narrative video games, serialized podcasts, and escape rooms into a whole new way to tell a story.
An estate sale. A dusty attic. A storage unit. Everyone has had the experience of piecing together the story of a stranger’s life by looking through the objects that they once treasured. In our digital world, the real, tactile nature of examining these objects and interpreting their meaning can be a deeply moving experience.
Based on this, we’ve created The Nest, an immersive show in Los Angeles. It gives audience members the freedom to explore the storage unit of Josie, a mysterious woman who has just passed away. Equipped with a flickering flashlight, you will explore this dark and eclectic space in order to piece together the tragic events of her life.
In 2017, Scout Expedition Co. created the original production of The Nest, completely selling out a six-month run and receiving high praise from The Verge, Inside the Magic, and No Proscenium. We’re taking our learnings to develop a updated and reinvented production of The Nest, more ambitious and impressive than the original.
We’re asking for your support in order to bring this show to life. What we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will directly fund the design and fabrication of this multi-sensory world. We're creating a 360-degree immersive environment for you to explore; one where every cardboard box, audio tape, prop, and set piece is beautifully designed with lush detail.
With your help, we can successfully deliver a new type of experience unlike any other.
A woman named Josie has recently passed away, leaving behind a storage room filled with decades of collected memories and cryptic secrets. Remnants of her entire life are all here in one place - left for you to discover.
As a young girl growing up in the 1960's, Josie was gifted a tape recorder for her 12th birthday and began documenting every part her life. But in her old age, she has become almost unrecognizable, warped by the tragic events of her past.
The Nest gives you the freedom to investigate Josie’s story. Equipped with a flashlight, search through personal effects, explore your surroundings, and listen to audio cassettes to piece together the dramatic narrative of Josie's life.
The Nest is heavily influenced by our love for narrative video games like Firewatch or What Remains of Edith Finch, and much like these games, you will be interacting with the environment and props. Although this isn't explicitly an escape room, there are interactive moments and light puzzles allow you to walk in Josie’s footsteps, unlocking new areas and the next chapter of her story.
The show is an intimate, personalized experience - each timeslot and ticket is only for up to two audience members: yourself, and a friend if you so choose. The show contains mystery and suspense elements, and deals with issues like the loss of a loved one to create a touching and emotional narrative. And while the environment is dark, the show is not scary.
In 2017’s original production, Scout ran 250+ shows of The Nest over the course of six months. Now, we’re taking everything we learned in both its design and operation, and creating the ultimate retelling of Josie's story.
This new production will...
- ... take place in a gorgeous, 1920’s-era storage building - a perfect fit for this show!
- ... have a reimagined layout, taking advantage of our unique location
- ... incorporate brand new puzzles and interactions, allowing you to advance the story
- ... contain new set pieces, secrets and surprises for you to discover
With your support, we will be able to tell Josie's story in the most beautiful and ambitious way possible.
We want to make sure that our Kickstarter rewards are unique and fun, offered at a variety of tiers, and expand on the story world we’re building with The Nest. You can receive extra bits of story content online or by mail, take part in backstage tours, or even contribute a piece of your own personal story to be included into the show itself!
Scout Expedition Co. is an immersive entertainment company based in Los Angeles, California. Scout is led by creative directors Jeff Leinenveber and Jarrett Lantz, designers in both the theme park and immersive theater industries, working with companies such as Delusion and Third Rail Projects. Our experience with many types of projects will allow us to successfully mount a more ambitious version of The Nest.
Visit our website at www.scoutexpedition.co
Risks and challenges
Any live experience is composed of hundreds of moving parts: we'll be paying rent, hiring voice actors, building sets, sourcing props, and more. It’s a lot of work! But, with our previous experience in both the design and operation of theme parks and immersive theater productions, we are confident in our ability to successfully deliver this project.
Our biggest risk is funding. Although we are committed to producing the show, without Kickstarter backing we will have to scale back considerably. Your support will allow us to execute the creative vision, providing you with the ultimate version of the The Nest.
In any creative project, time is a concern. We plan to deliver this new production of The Nest in late summer 2019.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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