This September, Poland’s Stefan Zeromski Theatre unleashes on Los Angeles In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, a theatrical tour de force described by Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza as “A combination of a concert, disco, poetic slam, and club event.” Co-presented with The Polish Cultural Institute in New York, performances will be held at REDCAT on Thursday, September 23, 2010 and runs through Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm with an additional matinee on Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm.

Fueled by the live music of Poland’s cult rock band Natural Born Chillers, the searing text by late French writer Bernard-Marie Koltès takes on a visceral urgency when two seductive frontmen for an edgy art-rock band have more than singing on their minds. Under the direction of Radosław Rychcik , the enigmatic young men engage in an intense dance of negotiation.

They are dealer and client, but are clearly trading something deeper and more mysterious than ordinary goods and services. The high-stakes game is played out amid a powerful barrage of video and lighting effects, enhancing Rychcik’s masterful manipulation of raw power and emotional fragility–demonstrating why the young Polish director is gaining global attention.

Radoslaw Rychcik lives and works in Poland. He 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, Rychcik directed Dictator, a performance based on Charlie Chaplin’s film, for the Wybrzeze Sztuki Festival in Gdansk. Most recently, Rychcik has presented A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments by Roland Barthes at the Drama Theatre in Warsaw and an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Versus: In the Jungle of Cities at the New Theatre in Krakow and the Under the Radar Festival in New York.

In the Solitude of Cotton Fields makes its Los Angeles premiere at REDCAT on Thursday, September 23, 2010 and runs through Sunday, September 26, 2010. Curtain for performances on Thursday-Saturday is 8:30 pm with a Sunday performance at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $20-25 ($16-20 for students with current I.D.) and are available at or by calling 213 237-2800. REDCAT is located at the corner of W. 2nd and Hope Streets, inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex (631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012).

The performances at REDCAT are co-presented with The Polish Cultural Institute in New York. Generous support for In the Solitude of Cotton Fields was granted by the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Additional support comes from The Marshall of the Swietokrzyskie Voivodeship.

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