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In the Solitude of Cotton Fields © Maciej Zórawiecki
On the Boards and
PuSH International Performing Arts Festival
in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute
and Pi Theatre

The Stefan Zeromski Theatre, Kielce

By Bernard-Marie Koltes
Live Music by Natural Born Chillers

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thursday, January 13 - Sunday, January 16, 2011
8:00 PM

On The Boards The Behnke Center for Contemporary Performance
Merrill Wright Mainstage
100 West Roy St., Seattle, WA 98119

Tickets: $25, Tel. 206.217.9888 or

Wednesday, January 19 - Saturday, January 22, 2011
8:00 PM

Post-Show Talkback
Thursday, January 20
Moderated by Glenn Alteen

PuSH International Performing Arts Festival
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street
Vancouver BC, Canada

Tickets: advance: $32 // $28 // $26; at door: $34 // $30 // $28
Tel. 604.684.2787 or and

This austere, arresting adaptation of Bernard-Marie Koltes' enigmatic 1986 French drama about the eternal dance of negotiation packs a haunting visceral wallop (...) Every performance artist in town should race to catch actors Wojciech Niemczyk (the dealer) and Tomasz Nosinski (the client) whose seamlessly synchronized performance defy superlatives

- David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

Think if you can of a staged musical experience that is part "Hedwig," part "Dead Poets' Society'" with a good dose of Rimbaud, and a bit of Krzysztof Kieslowski around the edges, and you'll have a good sense of what to expect from Radoslaw Rychcik and Stefan Zeromski Theatre's production (...). With raw, urban style and post-punk romanticism, this genre- and gender-bender is a 21st-century tale for the ages.

- Shana Nys Dambrot,

After a successful run at PICA's Time Based Art Festival (Portland) and at REDCAT (los Angeles) in the fall 2010, this tour de force returns to the US. While disarming the audience with all of the posturing and swagger of an Eastern European rock concert, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields lays bare the harsh, bleak realities of this human exchange.

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 comes from the Trust for Mutual Understanding, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Vancouver and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

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