The BINGE Fringe Festival of Free Theatre (BFF)

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Welcome to the Binge! Your new BFF!

Two weeks of free theatre October 15 to 28, 2018
with encore performances through November 12!

Santa Monica Group Theatre presents The BFF aka The BINGE Fringe Festival of Free Theatre - the Third Annual Santa Monica Fringe Festival - featuring dozens of artists, companies, workshops and performances by Santa Monica and Los Angeles based artists October 15 through October 28th.

The BFF aims to celebrate the range and depth of the human condition and the idea that theatre arts experiences are vital, transformative, and must be available for all.

Productions and workshops from the festival touch on a diverse range of subjects from political to personal, love to loss, sensuality to spiritual, hierarchy to hope. All bets are off, limits on boundaries and form wide open, with shows ranging in style from classic comedy to poignant drama, from Shakespearian to one-woman-show, from slam poetry to stand-up comedy and improv, from parody to fairytale - something for everyone - and all events are free to the public.

The BFF also includes an overflowing toy-box of family-friendly events and productions, to bring all generations together on and off the stage. Inclusive theatre arts workshops for youth and adults are also on offer throughout the festival.

BFF 2018 Participants include:

Marilyn Anderson, Ben Benjamin, Bill Berry, Jay Bingham, Chelsea Black, Tabitha Christopher, Marty Cohen, Tony Cronin, Carla Delany, Jeremy Ebenstein, Emery Erin, Shelley Fisher, Lahela Garner, Mike Genovese, Susan Giosa, Fiona Goodwin, Brad Griffith, Wendy Hammers, Kamakshi Hart, Ann James, LeRoy “PhatTrane” Johnson, Heather Keller, Jessica Lynn Johnson, Jeff Mitroka, Obi Ndefo, Dillion Aurelio Perata, Rahvaunia, Jill  Remez, Robert Rossi, Carlos Sanz, Scot Shamblin, Brandon Sharkey, Terrie Silverman, Diana Varco, Rhonda West, Playbox Theatre of the U.K., Stand/Prov, Theatre R.A.W., The Misfits of Magic.

All tickets and admissions to every single BFF event are FREE to the public. 

For a calendar of events go to https://www.santamonicaplayhouse.com/thebff2018.html

Reserve in advance at 310-394-9779 ext. 1 or email theate@SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com

All performances take place in the theatres at Santa Monica Playhouse 1211 4th Street in the heart of downtown Santa Monica. There is convenient paid parking across from the theatre in city lot #1. By public transportation: take the Santa Monica Blue Bus or the LA Metro Rapid #720, exit 4th and Wilshire, or take the Metro Expo Line to the last stop in Downtown Santa Monica and walk 3 blocks north on 4th street.

Produced by Santa Monica Group Theatre. The BFF is sponsored in part by grants from the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Commission, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and Playhouse PALS.

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Reviews

"The musical 'Rose Petals and Ashes' will be at the festival on October 28th at 7:00 PM. This show is not to be missed. I do not want to give too much away, but Bill Berry and his guitar stand alone on a deserted beach wanting to come to terms with his dead mother. What sounds like tried material has a fresh spin with the best songs you have heard in a musical since Grease (and yes I really mean that). The musical is not afraid to go into uncharted territory and succeeds. Warning you might want to bring a box of hankies and some depends because you will truly cry and laugh so hard that those depends will come in handy. When you the leave the theatre you will feel glad to be alive and know that you see a little deeper into this thing we call life. You have to email or call the theatre to reserve your tickets. I am told there are not too many seats left."

sweet - Hope Hunter


"The musical 'Rose Petals and Ashes' will be at the festival on October 28th at 7:00 PM. This show is not to be missed. I do not want to give too much away, but Bill Berry and his guitar stand alone on a deserted beach wanting to come to terms with his dead mother. What sounds like tried material has a fresh spin with the best songs you have heard in a musical since Grease (and yes I really mean that). The musical is not afraid to go into uncharted territory and succeeds. Warning you might want to bring a box of hankies and some depends because you will truly cry and laugh so hard that those depends will come in handy. When you the leave the theatre you will feel glad to be alive and know that you see a little deeper into this thing we call life. You have to email or call the theatre to reserve your tickets. I am told there are not too many seats left."

sweet - Hope Hunter