in collaboration with
the Polish Cultural Institute
The Stefan Zeromski Theatre, Kielce
IN THE SOLITUDE OF COTTON FIELDS
Directed by Radoslaw Rychcik
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - Sunday, September 26, 2010
Thu-Sat, 8:30 PM; Sun, 7:00 PM
631 W. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
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Driven by live music from the Polish rock band Natural Born Chillers, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields portrays a raw encounter between Dealer and Client. Two seductive frontmen for an edgy art-rock band have more than singing on their minds in this theatrical tour de force that demonstrates why young Polish director Radoslaw Rychcik is gaining global attention. Fueled by a searing text by late French writer Bernard-Marie Koltès the production takes on a visceral urgency as the enigmatic young men engage in an intense dance of negotiation. This high-stakes game is played out amid a powerful barrage of video and lighting effects, enhancing Rychcik's masterful balancing of raw power with emotional fragility. While disarming the audience with all of the posturing and swagger of a rock concert, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields lays bare the realities of this human exchange.
In the Solitude of Cotton Fields
by Bernard-Marie Koltès
translated by Marian Mahor
performed by Wojciech Niemczyk and Tomasz Nosinski
live Music by Natural Born Chillers
Radoslaw Rychcik (b.1981) began his career as an assistant to renowned director Krystian Lupa on Factory 2 and later worked on Stanislaw Wyspianski's drama Protesilas and Laodamia. In 2008, he directed Dictator, based on the Charlie Chaplin film, for the Wybrzeze Sztuki Festival in Gdansk. He recently premiered an adaptation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary at the Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw, following his productions of A Lover's Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes at the same theatre, and Versus: In the Jungle of Cities, an adaptation from Bertolt Brecht at the New Theatre in Kraków and the Under the Radar Festival in New York.
The Stefan Zeromski Theatre in Kielce was founded in 1945. It has presented works by Slawomir Mrozek, Boguslaw Schaeffer, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, William Shakespeare, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Edna Mazaya, Artur Schnitzler, Sergio Belbel and others. Today under the artistic direction of Piotr Szczerski, its repertoire extends to various genres and directorial temperaments, inviting both classic and experimental works.
Additional support for the production comes from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and The Marshall of the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship.
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