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Louis DeVaughn Nelson, Hokum Arts/Until Proven Guilty; Image Credit: Ben Riley

(Image Credit: Louis DeVaughn Nelson)

Until Proven Guilty

Louis DeVaughn Nelson, Hokum Arts
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Performance Dates:

Wednesday, August 8 @ 8pm

Sunday, August 12 @ 6pm

Ticket Information:

$15 General Admission

Tickets will also be available for purchase in person half an hour prior to performance. Cash only.


Until Proven Guilty is the final installment of Louis DeVaughn Nelson's American Satire Trilogy. Human Error (2007) dealt with the effects of technological advancements on society, Man Bites Dog (2010) satirized sensationalism in the media, and Until Proven Guilty will address good, old-fashioned American sociopolitical warfare.

The former two ballets were performed at The Philadelphia Live Arts & Fringe Festival. The underlying theme of this series is social justice. Until Proven Guilty uses theatre, modern dance, burlesque and multimedia to explore several facets of the minority experience, including domestic violence, external and internal racism, sexuality, discrimination, bigotry, misogyny, and the marginalization inherent in class and social systems.

Artist Information

Louis DeVaughn Nelson (WRITER/CHOREOGRAPHER) is a multidisciplinary artist and founder of Hokum Arts. He studied education and playwriting/screenwriting at DeSales University, Drexel University and The New School and has trained at The Koresh School of Dance. Nelson was named Best New Choreographer by Philadelphia City Paper and has been recognized for his video work that delves into cultural and movement research. He received a top prize for “YouBahn” at the CIANT Festival of Film and New Media Art in Prague. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Credits Include : The Peekaboo Revue, English Theatre Berlin, The Berlin Music Video Awards, Tanzbad 4, CTM – Festival for Adventurous Music and Related Arts, CIANT Festival for Film and New Media, Dark Matter Productions NYC, Exquisite Corpse
Company NYC, Sans Limites Dance Festival, Take Ten Festival and Village Playwrights.
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Jeannine Frumess (Director) is an actor, singer, and director based in New York. She won critical acclaim and a Tina Award for her off-Broadway debut in THE KID (The New Group, dir. Scott Elliot) alongside Christopher Sieber and Jill Eikenberry. Other NY credits include CLIVE (workshop, dir. Ethan Hawke, alongside Peter Dinklage and Paul Dano), TWILIGHT VISIT (Jewish Plays Project), THE SASQUATCH PROJECT (Musical Theater Factory), BRADLEY COLE (FringeNYC). She's currently working on several webseries, including the upcoming SUPER GIRL GANG TURBO SQUAD 5000.

Merryn Johns (Writer) is a playwright, screenwriter, and the editor-in-chief of Curve Magazine, America's best-known newsstand magazine for LGBTQ women. A proud New York City resident of 12 years, she is originally from Sydney, Australia and is a graduate of the National Institute for Dramatic Art and the University of New South Wales
where she taught theater arts for 10 years.

Maren Woodward (Filmmaker) moved to New York in 2013 and worked that Fall as the Assistant Director for Shirley Bruno’s London Film School thesis film, Dear Pauline Jean. In early 2014, Maren began writing her first professional short film, Encounter, an ambitious silent live-action project which illustrates an original poem. After shooting the first half of the project in 2014, Maren completed her first crowd-fund successfully in Fall 2015, which allowed her to finish Encounter. She shot the remainder of the film in 2016, and completed the post-production of the project in early 2017. In Summer 2017, Maren dipped her toes into the theater world as the Assistant Director for Louis DeVaughn Nelson’s play, The Prize, presented at The HOT! Festival at Dixon Place. She is currently building a blog about finding and maintaining creative inspiration.

Ticket Information

$15 General Admission

Tickets will also be available for purchase in person half an hour prior to performance. Cash only.

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