Preview: The A.W.A.R.D. Show! Jan 24, 2011

by Jessica

Read Jeremy Barker's take on the participants this year, the changing stakes and why you should be heading to OtB to help give $10,000 to one of the 12 artists in this week's The A.W.A.R.D. Show!. Full article at The SunBreak.

 

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A couple final Radoslaw Rychcik reviews Jan 24, 2011

by Jessica

Radoslaw Rychcik and company have just rounded out their North American tour with a final stop at the excellent PuSh Festival in Vancouver BC (check out what they have going on for the remainder of the festival). Since their departure a couple more reviews have been published:

"Perhaps no artist visiting Seattle’s On the Boards has taken on the subject of this peculiar audience/performer relationship as directly as Polish director Radosław Rychcik, whose unorthodox interpretation of playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès’ In the Solitude of Cotton Fields took the theater’s main stage by storm January 13-16." - ArtDish

"In the Solitude of Cotton Fields, an adaptation of a play by...

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From Noah/WET: rawe, punk and awe Jan 15, 2011

by Jessica

 

[Washington Ensemble Theatre's Noah Benezra sent us a blog AND posted a blog conversation with another ensemble member on the WET blog. Read that conversation here!]

 

There's a lot of rhetoric amongst young theater artists about making "daring" "edgy" theater that "pushes boundaries." This kind of talking mostly leads to confusing plays that look like a rip off of off off Broadway in the 1960's. But cotton fields succeeds where most "brave" artists fail. One thing differentiates it from the slew of arbitrary noise that passes as experimental theater - immediacy. cotton fields looks forward instead of backward and isn't ashamed to be prescient. They present a brand of POP futurism that would feel right at home next to anything in the cultural landscape of today.

 

that being said, It...

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More from the inbox about Cotton Fields Jan 15, 2011

by Jessica

Here's a sampling of the comments I received in my inbox today:

"Thank you guys for making this happen! It was a fantastic performance and I'm going to see it again. I love everything, music, band actors, such an emotionally charged experience...and I danced while watching them and wanted them to keep playing all night long so I can dance all night long. I think dancing with these guys is the best way to see them :)

Thank you again for bringing them to Seattle!

Unforgettable experience!"

"Really really really fabulous and incredible."

"My partner and I thought the show was awesome. Both performers were absolutely mesmerizing and fascinating to watch - particularly Mr. Niemczyk. It was tough to take my eyes off of them long enough to read the subtitles and half the time i didn't bother. The music was incredible as well. The only downside was the video segment - totally gratuitous, unpleasant, and completely unnecessary - as if the...

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From Kasia: little club of the wonderful and terrible Jan 15, 2011

by Jessica

[I'm posting some of the reviews I've received in my inbox today - enjoy! -Jessica]

The performances I have LOVED over the years have always been very precisely constructed, with results that can only be achieved with a great deal of care and an understanding of both the piece and what you’re doing with the performance... And they have often haunted me, with needling little questions about what kind of people we are, and how we treat one another, and how we live with that. I’m SO pleased to include Solitude in that little club of the wonderful and terrible. 

To a great extent I’m surprised by the amount of happy talk (not the praise, which makes sense, mind you…but actual happy feelings) surrounding this piece, as a story about one illicit interaction, performed in a way that people found powerful and unusual, and therefore enjoyed. Like it’s an episode of the latest cable drama; someone else’s very hip and with-it story that we get a naughty...

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"And now for something completely different" Jan 14, 2011

by Jessica

The SunBreak's Michael Baker just posted his take on In the Solitude of Cotton Fields:

"If it helps, imagine the Blues Brothers transplanted into an Eastern European punk concert, and improvising a slam-poetry show out of a few of Roland Barthes' essays. The curtain goes up on a stage filled with dry ice fog, lights shining up, with two men in black suits with skinny black ties fronting a real, and very talented band (The Natural Born Chillers, throwing out rock, techno, and ambiant with aplomb)."

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Byron Au Yong on "Cotton Fields" Jan 14, 2011

by Jessica

Byron wrote up a review of In the SOlitude of Cotton Fields on his blog. Read "The Big Gay Polish Show?"

 

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Inhuman-ness Jan 14, 2011

by Josh

 

     In the program guide for Radosław Rychcik’s In the Solitude of Cotton Fields this worthwhile show is mentioned as a, "…dense little play."  Although I would agree that the work is dense and at times being difficult to immediately comprehend, I am struggling with labeling the work as a "play." The show intentionally takes strides to avoid the boundaries of traditional theatrical plays. For one the characters are completely nameless, speaking in long continued monologue throughout the performance. These discussions center around desire or a general frustration with the paths it forces our lives to. In the source material the play focuses on a conversation between a client and a dealer. These elements present in the artists adaptation, but only in the most rudimentary sense of the word. They instead seems to be expressing two viewpoints of desire well at the same time sharing distinct commonalties which eventually leads to an...

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