World Went Away

written by Merryn Johns
directed by Louis DeVaughn Nelson
featuring film by Maren Woodward
starring Phillip Pineno, Lilli Scheiber, and Diana Duran
Performance Date:

Saturday, September 26 @ 8pm

Ticket Information:

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 Information
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Merryn Johns (Playwright) is a journalist and magazine editor based in New York City. By day she works as editor-in-chief of Curve magazine; as an investigative reporter for Edge Media Network; and as a digital news producer for a multinational news corporation. After hours her passion for playwriting takes over. Recent credits include: "After Carol," "The Succulents," "Oyster Season," "Night of Broken Glass," and "Love Is a Blue Jay." Merryn is originally from Sydney, Australia where she obtained a diploma in playwriting (N.I.D.A.) and a PhD in theater (UNSW).


Louis DeVaughn Nelson (Director): is an interdisciplinary artist and founder of Hokum Arts. Nelson has worked for twenty years as a performer, choreographer, producer and director for film, theater, dance and more. His work has been shown in USA, Europe, Australia, and South Korea. Nelson was named Best New Choreographer by Philadelphia City Paper and has been recognized internationally for his video work that delves into cultural and movement research. More Info: www.facebook.com/HokumArts


Credits Include : The Peekaboo Revue, English Theatre Berlin, Social Media Week, 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, Exquisite Corpse Company, The Secret Theatre, Sans Limites Dance Festival, Take Ten Festival, FailSafe Festival, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater/Harlem 9, Sitting Shotgun Theater Company, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Poetic Theatre Productions/Musical Theatre Factory, The Tank, Area Stage Company

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Phillip Pineno (Adam): Phillip is a NYC performer who's worked in multiple artistic disciplines. He has appeared in The Dick and Anita Holiday Hour at Theater for The New City, Enemy of the People adapted by Smith Street Stage at The Actor's Fund, the award-winning Emerson at Big Mart produced at Planet Connections, and various productions created by Hokum Arts; including The Prize and The Annals of Sharon. Phillip is also a co-creator of the comedy series Planners.


Lilli Scheiber (Nicole): is an accomplished educator and director. She is the Head of Drama at The British International School of New York where she teaches the IB PYP, MYP, and IGCSE Drama curriculums. Lilli was nominated for Best Director from National Youth Arts for her 2019 production of The Lion King JR. where two of her young actors took home awards for their roles.


Maren Woodward (Filmmaker) is a Filmmaker and Visual Artist residing in New York City.  “World Went Away” is her second collaborative piece along with Merryn Johns and L. DeVaughn Nelson to appear at the FailSafe Festival.  She was inspired by the visual nature of this script, and loves collaboration, working with actors, and using art to effect positive change.  For more of Maren’s work, please find her on LinkedIn, or check out “Encounter” on Vimeo.