'Boney Manilli' written and directed by Edgar Arceneaux

'Boney Manilli' written and directed by Edgar Arceneaux

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631 W. 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Thursday, October 5 | 8:30PM
Friday, October 6 | 8:30PM
Saturday, October 7 | 8:30PM

Written and directed by interdisciplinary artist Edgar Arceneaux (CalArts MFA 01), Boney Manilli is a dark musical comedy in the shape of a pop music video, a puppet show, and a burial ceremony. Actor Alex Barlas plays “Edgar,” a visual artist overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, frustration, and self-loathing, who is unable to complete his play on the infamous pop music duo, Milli Vanilli. His freeloading brother, Bro Bro, decides to adapt Disney’s Song of the South into his own play about Black liberation, while their mother, Momma, a failed pop singer, is slowly fading away with dementia. Their lives spin from pathetic to bizarre, becoming strangely intertwined as each one’s search for truth collides with the other’s.

The program includes a post-performance talk on October 7 with Edgar Arceneaux and members of the cast and creative team.

"To tell a story is one thing, but to paint the picture of identity and infamy within its true reality is Arceneaux’s artistry at its best."

Paulette Ely, Flaunt

Boney Manilli is supported by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance received the prestigious Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts’ Artist Project grant for Arceneaux’s
Boney Manilli.