Adam Gwon was named one of "50 to Watch" by The Dramatist magazine and won the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theater songwriting. Gwon's projects include Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre, SCR, London's West End) and the upcoming The Boy Detective Fails (book: Joe Meno) and Bernice Bobs Her Hair (book/lyrics: Julia Jordan). His other honors include the ASCAP Harold Adamson award, the MAC John Wallowitch award and a MAC award nomination for best song, as well as commissions from SCR, Signature Theatre (Arlington), Broadway Across America, and the EST/Sloan Project. Recordings: Ordinary Days (Ghostlight Records). Fellowships: MacDowell Colony, Dramatists Guild. Education: NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnacion, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica have been mounted at Yale Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Center, Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, Venture Theatre, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, Undermain Theatre, Thick Description, Campo Santo, Imua! Theatre Company, and Cornerstone Theatre Company. His collaborative works include Burning Dreams, co-written with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman; Shiner, written with Erik Ehn; and Great Highway, written with Wendy Weiner. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from The Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust for Gibraltar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, a New Dramatists alum, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Prospect is an independent feature film he wrote and directed.

CLOUDLANDS

May 1st at 10:30AM
South Coast Rep

Book by Octavio Solis Music
Music by Adam Gwon
Lyrics by Octavio Solis and Adam Gwon

Monica's head is in the clouds most of the time—she takes photos of them and pastes them in a book, trying to capture them before they're gone. But when she discovers her mother in a tryst with a stranger, her entire life begins to feel as ephemeral and unreliable as a cloud. She decides to investigate the mystery of her mother's secret life and the man at its center—but the deeper she goes, the more lost Monica becomes in the labyrinth of her own heart. A stunning new musical drama about desire and its transgressions.


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