Press Release: Polish Punk Production of Bernard-Marie Koltes, Under the Radar Festival at La MaMa E.T.C.
THE POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE IN NEW YORK
in partnership with
La MaMa E.T.C. and The Public Theater/UNDER THE RADAR Festival
and with participation of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute
IN THE SOLITUDE OF COTTON FIELDS
January 5-14, 2012
La MaMa E.T.C., New York
New York, December 7, 2011 – The Polish Cultural Institute New York, The Public Theater's Under The Radar Festival and La MaMa E.T.C. are proud to present The Stefan Żeromski Theatre of Kielce in the production of In the Solitude of Cotton Fields. The play, directed by Radosław Rychcik and first presented in the US in 2010, proved to be one of the most successful Polish theatrical productions in recent years. After critically acclaimed appearances in many international festivals, In the Solitude of Cotton Fields returns for a two-week run as part of 2012 UNDER THE RADAR Festival, New York’s premier showcase of contemporary international theater.
This adaptation of the enigmatic 1986 drama by late French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès imagines a raw encounter between a Dealer (Wojciech Niemczyk) and a Client (Tomasz Nosiński) in a secluded lane on the outskirts of the city. The encounter is a transaction – although it does not become clear until the end what the object of this deal may be. In Radosław Rychcik’s interpretation, Koltès’s tale becomes a love story, and is presented with the swagger of an East European punk-rock concert, backed by live music from the Polish cult band Natural Born Chillers.
Radosław Rychcik (b. 1981) is emerging as a director to watch on the international theater scene for his use of intense acting technique and simple yet precise stage design. He began his career as an assistant to renowned director Krystian Lupa on Factory 2 and later worked on Stanisław Wyspiański's drama Protesilas and Laodamia. In 2008, he directed Dictator, based on the Charlie Chaplin film, for the Wybrzeże Sztuki Festival in Gdańsk. 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 2010 UNDER THE RADAR festival in New York.
The Stefan Żeromski Theatre of Kielce was founded in 1945. It has presented works by Sławomir Mrożek, Bogusław 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.
Presented by La MaMa E.T.C. in collaboration with Polish Cultural Institute New York and The Public Theater as part of the UNDER THE RADAR festival 2012. Additional support comes from the Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.
PRESS CONTACT: For pictures, more information and all inquiries regarding the films, please contact Kamila Sławińska, kslawinska@PolishCulture-NYC.org, 212.239.7300 ext. 3009
or Paulina Bebecka, Paulina.Bebecka@PolishCulture-NYC.org, 212.239.7300 ext. 3009
WHAT: IN THE SOLITUDE OF COTTON FIELDS
Written by Bernard-Marie Koltès, translated by Marian Mahor
Directed by Radosław Rychcik
Performed by Wojciech Niemczyk and Tomasz Nosiński
Live music by Natural Born Chillers
WHEN: Thu Jan 5, 4:30pm; Fri Jan 6-Mon Jan 9, 7pm; Thu Jan 12-Sat Jan 14, 9pm
WHERE: La MaMa E.T.C., 66 East 4th Street, New York NY 10003
The POLISH CULTURAL INSTITUTE NEW YORK, established in 2000, is a diplomatic mission to the United States serving under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.
The Institute’s mission is to build, nurture and promote cultural ties between the United States and Poland by presenting Polish culture to American audiences and by connecting Polish artists and scholars to American institutions, introducing them to their professional counterparts in the United States, and facilitating their participation in contemporary American culture.
The Institute has been producing and promoting a broad range of cultural events in theater, music, film, literature, the humanities, and visual arts. Among its American partners are such distinguished organizations as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; Brooklyn Academy of Music; The Museum of Modern Art; The Jewish Museum; The PEN American Center; The Poetry Society of America; National Gallery of Art; Yale University; Columbia University; Princeton University; Harvard Film Archive; CUNY Graduate Center; Julliard School of Music; The New Museum; La MaMa E.T.C.; and many more. Our programs have included American presentations of works by such luminaries as filmmakers Roman Polanski, Andrzej Wajda and Jerzy Skolimowski; writers Czesław Miłosz , Adam Zagajewski and Wisława Szymborska; composers Krzysztof Penderecki, Witold Lutosławski and Mikołaj Górecki; theatre directors Krystian Lupa, Jerzy Grotowski, Tadeusz Kantor and Grzegorz Jarzyna; visual artists Krzysztof Wodiczko, Katarzyna Kozyra, Artur Żmijewski; and many other important artists, writers, historians, scholars, musicians, and performers.
THE PUBLIC THEATER was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown home and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public is dedicated to embracing the complexities of contemporary society and nurturing both artists and audiences, as it continues Joseph Papp's legacy of creating a place of inclusion and a forum for ideas.
The Public hosts the annual UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL, directed by Mark Russell. It is one of the most important presentations of international theater arts, featuring artists ranging from emerging talents to masters in the field. So far, UTR hosted over 100 productions from over 18 countries, including the United States, Belarus, Brazil, France, Mali, Mexico, Russia, and Poland.
LA MAMA EXPERIMENTAL THEATRE CLUB is an avant-garde off-off Broadway theatre, founded in 1961 by Ellen Stewart, and named in reference to her. Its mission is to develop, nurture, support, produce and present new and original performance work by artists of all nations and cultures. Located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, La MaMa has evolved during its almost fifty-year history into a world-renowned cultural institution. Its programs (presented in three venues: The Annex, The Club and The First Floor Theatre) include dance and theater performances, gallery exhibits, workshops, reading series and more.