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In the Solitude of Cotton Fields

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Radoslaw Rychcik/Stefan Zeromski Theatre (Kielce)

January 19-22, 8pm
Performance Works


Presented with Pi Theatre and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York

Post-Show Talkback Jan 20, led by Glenn Alteen
Running Time 75m

In Polish with English Surtitles. Contains strobe lights, smoke, nudity and foul language.
Performance space combines seating and standing room, arrive early for preferred seating.

The January 22nd performance includes a special concert by The Natural Born Chillers at 10pm, following the 8pm show. Click here for more details!


Advance $32 /$28 /$26; at door $34 /$30 /$28
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Fully eligible for PuSh Pass access

Director Radoslaw Rychcik | Original Text Bernard-Marie Koltès | Translator Marian Mahor | Set Designer Marta Stoces | Performers Wojciech Niemczyk (The Dealer), Tomasz Nosinski (The Client) | Live Music Natural Born Chillers


“the solitude of cotton fields. a blackmailing solitude. a solitude on display. a solitude like a good song that you can sing. all songs are about love and there are wolves in every one of them…” – Radoslaw Rychcik

There is no rest for the wicked in this tragic meeting between two men who desire everything from each other. Based on the searing text by the late French playwright and enfant terrible Bernard-Marie Koltès and backed by live music from the art-rock band Natural Born Chillers, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields portrays a raw and illicit encounter between two men known only as The Dealer and The Client. While disarming the audience with all of the posturing and swagger of an Eastern European punk concert, it lays bare the harsh, bleak realities of human exchange.

“A combination of a concert, disco, poetry slam, and club event.” – Gazeta Wyborcza

Radoslaw Rychcik is a rising young director living and working in Poland. He refers to his practice as “hysterical theatre… based on extreme emotion, where the spectator is slapped in the face, gets a moment’s break, and is slapped again.” Rychcik has directed shows by Bertolt Brecht (Versus: In the Jungle of Cities), Roland Barthes (Fragments: A Lover’s Discourse) and recently premiered an adaptation of Gustav Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. With his work previously featured at Under the Radar (NYC), this North American tour includes stops at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Festival, REDCAT (LA) and On the Boards (Seattle).

Check out the On the Boards online Performance Prospectus for more info on In the Solitude of Cotton Fields : Read Company bios, director Q & A, curatorial note and more here.

Read a note from On the Boards about the show here.

Read an interview with Radoslaw Rychcik on the Georgia Straight

Read the PuSh Curatorial Statement