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“Gibraltar”
Wyatt Pavilion Theatre

In San Francisco, Amy, an artist, arrives home from the supermarket with Palo, a traveler searching for his runaway wife. A recent widow whose husband disappeared in a boating accident, Amy shares stories with Palo about other relationships including: an improbable reunion of an artist and a dock worker, a bruising breakup of a policeman and his angry wife, and a marriage irrevocably altered but not ended by Alzheimer’s. The stories are played out in the dreamlike landscape of memory and as they are being told, Amy and Palo begin to face their own losses.

The UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance presents the blistering ”Gibraltar” by Octavio Solis, a provocative voice in contemporary dramatic literature. Performances are in the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre November 9-11 and 16-18 at 7 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on November 11 and 18. General audience tickets are $18.50, faculty/staff tickets are $17 and students/seniors tickets are $12.

“Written with soul-searching honesty and breathtaking mastery….The themes are so universal, though, and the characters so truthfully drawn, that its appeal should be widespread.”  – San Francisco Chronicle

Contains adult themes and situations, recommended for ages 18 and up.

Octavio Solis is a playwright and director whose works include Alicia’s Miracle, Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos and La Posada Mágica. His plays have been produced by numerous regional companies such as California Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dallas Theater Center, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, Boston Court and the New York Summer Play Festival. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, with Music by Adam Gwon, Burning Dreams, co-written with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received numerous grants including an NEA Playwriting Fellowship, the Kennedy Center’s Roger L. Stevens Award, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, 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, the United States Artists Fellowship for 2011 and the 2104 Pen Center USA Award for Drama. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

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