ROCK OPERA BASED ON THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DUTCH ROCKER HERMAN BROOD
The Catastrophic Theatre in Houston, TX is
to announce the world premiere of the new Black Francis rock opera Bluefinger: The Fall and Rise of Herman
Brood, co-produced with the University of Houston School of Theatre & Dance, featuring songs and
concepts by Black Francis and Herman Brood and adapted for the stage by Jason Nodler from an
idea by Pixies biographer Josh Frank.
Bluefinger was inspired by the critically acclaimed 2007 Black Francis album of the same name. The album
was Francis’ first concept album and was also significant for marking a return to the stage name he’d used with his
legendary band Pixies after a long solo career under the name of Frank Black. The album focuses entirely on the life
and death of Herman Brood, a Dutch artist, rocker and junkie who leapt to his death from the roof of the Amsterdam
Hilton in 2001 at the age of 54.
The play will be performed in the intimate, 100-seat theater at DiverseWorks Artspace, 1117 East Freeway, Houston,
Bluefinger runs Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. from November 12 – December 18.
As with all Catastrophic productions, tickets will be available at a Pay-What-You-Can variable price: “$20… more if
you have it… less if you don’t.”
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