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Part I: What is a normal American?

from The Making of Americans by Anthony Gatto

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What is a normal American? (Gertrude Stein)
Some men do wrong. (Julia Dehning and her mother)
I will throw the umbrella in the mud. (Martha Hersland as a child)
Repeating Is what I am loving. (Martha Hersland as an adolescent)
I like loving. Sometimes. (Julia Dehning, newlywed)
Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own
orchard. “Stop!” cried the groaning old man at last, “Stop! I did not drag
my father beyond this tree.” (Chorus)


from The Making of Americans, released August 7, 2020


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Anthony Gatto Brooklyn, New York

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Anthony Gatto has developed a diverse body of music, often informed by literary and visual arts, exploring alternative narrative modes and structures. His cross-media works include the music and libretto for Wise Blood, after the novel Flannery O'Connor, and The Making of Americans, after the novel by Gertrude Stein. ... more

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