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Río De Sangre tells the story, in Spanish, of the overthrow of a dictatorship in a fictional South American country. In the aftermath of a coup d’état, the new leader of a Latin American republic embarks on an idealistic course for his nascent government. Faced with numerous problems and no one to trust, our protagonist Delacruz realizes that the good of the country and the protection of his own family may be more than he can achieve.
A series of catastrophic events follow—earthquakes, kidnapping and assassination, combine to allow the rise of an adversarial wolf in sheep’s clothing. The outbreak of a riot affords the opportunity for this adversary to assume control of the government, thus perpetuating the tragic cycle of oppression.
The passion and color of the South American heritage, and the triumphs and struggles of its people throughout its history of oppression and tragedy suggests music of monumental drama.
Dr. Kate Gale is Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review, President of the American Composers Forum LA, and was recently a two-term President of PEN USA. She is the author of five books of poetry (most recently, Mating Season, published by Tupelo Press), a novel entitled Lake of Fire, a bilingual children’s book, and six librettos. Her librettos include: a libretto co-written with Ursula K. LeGuin and composer Stephen Taylor entitled ParadisesLost; a libretto adapted from the novel Kindred by Octavia Butler, with composer Billy Childs; a libretto based on The Inner Circle by T. C. Boyle, with composer Daniel Felsenfeld; and a libretto entitled Afterthe Opera, with composer Veronika Krauses. Dr. Gale has published articles, poems, and fiction in various literary journals and magazines, including: Gargoyle, Oberon,Cimarron Review, Rattle, The Brownstone Review, Georgia Review, Hayden’s FerryReview, Black Clock, Northeast Journal, Paterson Literary Review, Quarterly West,Poems & Plays and Eclipse.
She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction. She serves on the boards of the A Room of Her Own Foundation, the School of Arts and Humanities of Claremont Graduate University, and the Poetry Society of America. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and children.