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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 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.
5:30 p.m., The Other Space, 13+
Unwrapped is the true story of a young woman trying to play God…and losing spectacularly. An absurdly dark comedy (think Fleabag meets Make Happy), Unwrapped chronicles 18-year-old Kira’s struggle to form genuine connections amidst a series of untimely deaths. Through the lens of her cynical, sardonic worldview, Kira explores the rising phenomenon of “gifted kid burnout.” Her show explores the impact of being told that she was better than everyone else—before she even knew who she was. She thought she could beat death. Then, a bunch of her friends died. Now, she’s not so sure. Throughout her show, Kira dissects her internal power struggle between a maladaptive desire for control and the intrinsic need for human connection. Ultimately embracing the inherent uncertainty of life, Kira abandons the pretense of performance in an unscripted conclusion, subjecting herself to scrutiny in a deliberate assertion of her own humanity. Written, performed and produced by Kira Wallace. Directed by Jamie Sanger.