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"Critic's Choice! A visually dazzling,
utterly charming tour de force!"
-Los Angeles Times

"With joyful acrobatics, perfectly timed jokes and gleeful mugging, Legawiec's production possesses a timeless feel-good silliness...The stage crackles with ingenuity and creativity!"
-LA Weekly

Writer/director Stephen Legawiec has much to be proud of in "Fafalo" ...its sumptuous look and great ensemble!"
-Daily Variety

"A lot of fun...The six-member ensemble,
each playing multiple roles, is terrific!"

"Critic's Choice! A lively, tongue-in-cheek tale!
...Everyone is masked in wondrous creations
by Nyoman Setiawan"
-Los Angeles CityBeat


Fafalo is a fairy tale for adults about a most unlikely candidate who is crowned king in the mythical kingdom of Galliandra. Using colorful Balinese masks and huge, spectacular puppets to conjure up the excitement and comedy of the circus, Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble creates a vibrant, topsy-turvy world that's as astonishing as it is hilarious. Fafalo is appropriate for adults and kids ages 8 and up. We don't recommend the play for children under 8 years old because some scenes might be too intense for them.  

Fully masked throughout the play, six ensemble members - John Achorn, Julia Emelin, Anna Heinl, Li-Ann Lim, Jon Monastero and David Valdez - perform 18 roles in Fafalo.  Custom-made masks have been commissioned from Bali, from master mask-maker Nyoman Setiawan.

Fafalo and Bogezmo

Fafalo is led by director and playwright Stephen Legawiec, and the mask and movement coach is Dana Wieluns

"Mask is not part of the American popular theater tradition, and audiences rarely get to see fully masked productions by local companies," comments Dana Wieluns.  "Mask work is physically and creatively demanding for actors because actors must use their entire bodies to make the mask come alive."

Linga Yungio

Fafalo opens March 14 and closes on April 13.

Performance schedule:
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm.

The show runs about 90 minutes with no intermission.

Fafalo Letter

Performances are at
The Miles Memorial Playhouse
1130 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica 90403,
a half block north of Wilshire Blvd.) 
Free parking is in the structure at 808 Wilshire Blvd. the entrance is on Lincoln Blvd. south of Wilshire Blvd.

Tickets are $20.00;
Students and Seniors are $15.00;
Children 12 and under are $10.

Please pay for your tickets at the door on the day of the show. We take cash and checks only. No credit cards.

For reservations please call 310-842-5737 and leave you name, the date, the number of tickets and your phone number, and we will call you back only if there is a problem.





Photos by Ed Krieger


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