About the Grant

$30,000 to support Bluefinger (MAP 2009), a new musical play by Catastrophic Theatre artistic director Jason Nodler in collaboration with Anthony Barilla.

About the Project

Jason Nodler, Anthony Barilla and Charles Thompson (a.k.a. Black Francis) will create Bluefinger, a new rock opera to be premiered by The Catastrophic Theatre in Houston in 2010. Its subject is the Dutch painter and musician Herman Brood. After a tempestuous career during which he became the most successful rock and roller in his native country’s history and experienced minor success in the United States, Brood committed suicide by jumping from the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton. Thompson became obsessed with Brood and made him the subject of the record on which the play is based. The play will feature compositions by Thompson and Brood.

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