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FailSafe Festival is a five-day festival of live performance, taking place in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City. FailSafe Festival provides a space for artists to push beyond what they consider "safe" to present, giving them an opportunity to show work that may not have a home elsewhere.

Land Acknowledgement

(click to view Land Acknowledgement)


World Went Away

a Visual Radio Play

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Join us for a virtual staged reading and immersive film experience via ZOOM.


Two years ago, in brick & mortar times, Playwright: Merryn Johns, Filmmaker: Maren Woodward, and Director: Louis DeVaughn Nelson joined voices for the Second Annual FailSafe Festival to bring you Until Proven Guilty - an interdisciplinary performance work about the trials & tribulations of the American media versus the American judicial system. A combination of theatre/dance/film, not juxtaposed but integrated into one interactive live show and incorporating social media, the work provided audiences with new ways to experience satire in the flesh.


This round, they are bringing together their talents to present a cutting-edge collaboration for a ONE NIGHT ONLY broadcast on ZOOM for the development of a new work. 


World Went Away is an amorphous narrative that seeks to offer a fresh perspective on ZOOM performance. 


When a wildly successful travel influencer, Adam, pays a surprise visit to his long-lost girlfriend, Nicole, with an offer she can't refuse - an incident from their past becomes the barometer for their potential future. 

Artist bios can be found at

This show is FREE OF CHARGE. 


Feel free to tip the artists (link available during broadcast). 

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Land Acknowledgement

Land Acknowledgement

The work of FailSafe Festival takes place in the unceded land of Lenapehoking, which was originally the home of the Lenape Munsee as well as the Wappinger and Canarsie peoples. The area that is currently called New York City was built on the lands and territories of these First Nations peoples, using acts of violence and threats of harm to forcefully remove them. Please consider the injustices that have occurred and continue to occur in creating and maintaining what is currently referred to as the United States of America. Please join us in acknowledging these communities of the Lenape Munsee, Wappinger, and Canarsie peoples, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. Please support them as you can and learn more about the following communities who continue to reside, or one resided in, Lenapehoking:


The Lenape Center


The Delaware Tribe of Indians


Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Indians of New Jersey


Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians


The Delaware Nation at Moraviantown


Munsee Delaware Nation

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