Beginner's Guide to Radosław Rychcik Dec 22, 2010
We're settling in for the holidays around OtB, but before we take a break we want to help get you primed for our first performance of 2011, Radosław Rychcik's In the Solitude of Cotton Fields. Read on for some quick tidbits about the artist and the show!
1. Radosław Rychcik got his start in theater as the assistant on Factory 2, a now infamous production by Poland’s legendary director Krystian Lupa. The 7 1/2 hours long performance about Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe has elicited critical acclaim everywhere that it has toured. Learn more about Krystian Lupa.
2. Rychcik has a tendency to take on imposing texts. While he has directed more stage friendly pieces such as Bertolt Brecht’s In the Jungle of Cities, he has also adapted Gustav Flaubert’s Madame Bovary and Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse for the stage. In the Solitude of Cotton Fields shows his prowess with taking on these kinds of text and making them stage-ready.
3. Rychcik asked the Natural Born Chillers, the house band, to work on In the Solitude of Cotton Fields after walking into one of their concerts. Listen to some of their music on their MySpace.
4. He’s young! Radek was born in 1981 and has been working his field ever since finishing at the University of Warsaw and the Krakow Theatre Academy.
5. The play actually comes from French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès. Read about his inspirations (from Rimbaud to Fellini) in this timeline of his life.
And in case you haven't seen it, we do recommend checking out the trailer.