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It’s the 8th Annual BFF Binge Fringe Festival of Free Theatre, Oct 15 – Nov 19, the only Free Fringe Festival in the nation, offering 38 in-person plays, workshops and family-oriented events, presenting:
The Allure of Thug Life 5:00 PM, The Other Space, 15+
A Hip Hopsical comedy about Mélia, an upper middle-class teen from Oakland who wants to be a gangster rapper. Picture a 15-year-old girl who wants to fit in at her new high school but is bullied regularly. Struggling to find her own voice, she discovers her talent—rapping, and begins straddling the fence between the good life and thug life. Mélia longs to go from Riches to Rags and encounters Bullying, Boyfriends and Bullets! This is the riveting story of one’s journey to discover their authentic self and the lengths they will go to own it. If you’re scared, stay home. If you’re fearless, roll through for this wild ride! Written & performed by Mélia Mills. Produced by Jessica Lynn Johnson. Solo Coach Heather Dowling with Soaring Solo Studios. Music Arranger Aaron Wilson. Leyla Poloshani Outreach. Includes post-show closing night reception with the artist.
Special thanks to generous grants from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission and Playhouse PALS. The BFF celebrates the range and depth of the human condition and the idea that theatre arts experiences are vital, transformative, and must be available for all.