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CLOUDLANDS
book and lyrics by Octavio Solis
music and lyrics by Adam Gwon
directed by Amanda Dehnert
World Premiere
April 15 - May 6, 2012
Julianne Argryos Stage

Just as she struggles to find her own way in love, Monica accidentally makes a startling discovery about her mother, which throws her whole life into question.  Looking for answers, she soon uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that involve her mother, her father and a stranger who connects them all.  Stunningly beautiful songs fill this powerful drama that examines the many faces of love—from innocent to forbidden—by two brilliant artists, working together for the first time.

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Katrina Lenk and Addi McDaniel in the world premiere musical Cloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Adam Kaokept and Addi McDaniel in the world premiere musical Cloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

   
Robert Mammana and Katrina Lenk in the world premiere musical Cloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Addi McDaniel, Robert Mammana and Katrina Lenk in the world premiere musical Cloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

       
Joseph Melendez and Katrina Lenk in the world premiere musical Cloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Adam Kaokept and Addi McDaniel in the world premiere musical Cloudlands,book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRocco.
  
Addi McDaniel and Joseph Melendez in the world premiere musical Cloudlands,book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRocco.

   
Addi McDaniel (top), Joseph Melendez and Katrina Lenk in the world premiere musicalCloudlands, book and lyrics by Octavio Solis, music and lyrics by Adam Gwon. Photo by Henry DiRooco.
  
Playwright Adam Gwon. Photo by Chris Mueller.

Playwright Bio

Adam Gwon was named one of “50 to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine, won the 2008 Fred Ebb Award for excellence in musical theater songwriting and received the 2011 Kleban Award for excellence in musical theatre writing. Gwon’s projects include Ordinary Days(Roundabout, 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 San Francisco playwright whose works The Pastures of Heaven, Lydia, Lethe, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, 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, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, SCR, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre and Cornerstone Theatre. Solis has received the NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, 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. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, a New Dramatists alum and a member of the Dramatists Guild.