April 8, By Staff Report
This is not your walk on the waterfront park.
First Person Xperience, a state of the art production company headquartered in Long Island City at 53-28 11th St (next to Transmitter Brewery), is set to transform a private lot on the Queens waterfront into an interactive theatrical performance space that the visiting public will have an opportunity to participate in beginning on May 11.
“We’re going to be creating a revolutionary form of entertainment that mixes the ‘escape room’ experience with thrilling live action scenarios which include actors and background stories,” explained founder Danny Gomez. “Visitors will get to become an intimate part of that experience, in a way that has never been done before.”
Gomez, a U.S. Army veteran, brings his experience working with the U.S. military’s Special Operations School where his job was to design mock scenarios with stages and mock resistance forces for Special Operations students to prepare for overseas missions.
“Those re-enacments were for our nation’s bravest, but now I’d like to put every day people to the test to see how they would survive the unique scenarios we design for them,” said Danny.
The first production, titled “RED”, will take place on May 11 on a 4,000 square foot set with room for 15 guests in total. It is described as a 75 minute psychological thriller that takes place one month after a cataclysmic disaster has taken place, in an apocalyptic landscape.
“Survivors clamber together in makeshift camps, trying to find lost loved ones, gather basic necessities, and just survive,” the website reads.
Guests will interact with special effects and hired actors who are part of the production to complete a group objective.
“The actions of the guests will matter, and the decisions they make can change how the story unfolds,” explained co-founder Dr. Johanna Gomez.
“Guests will have to work to collect items and gather information to help them survive the end of days,” she added.
Although physical interaction and maneuvering is key to the experience, the creators say that physical fitness is not necessary to be a part of the production and that guests will always be safe.
“At First Person Xperience, safety is our number one priority,” their website reads. “Every ‘Xperience’ has a trained safety expert who will guide you safely through your adventure.”
Guests will be able to sign up for three different “Xperience” packages, titled Survivor, Challenger and Elite, each of which will provide visitors with different gear and extras for their experience including flashlights and special attire.
Additionally, ticket holders will have the option to have their individual experience recorded and available on a web interface called, “The Chronicle.”
“It’s a web-based application that tracks the progress of our survivors so that they can view their unique achievements, rewards and other content from their own personal computers,” said Danny.
Guests will also be able to compare their progress with friends and compete against visitors on a leaderboard.
The first production for “RED” is scheduled to take place on May 11th, and will run over the course of 10 weeks with 15 guests allowed per production.
Tickets are available now at: https://www.firstpersonxperience.com/red/