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Pork (Original poster for the London performance - Warhol, Andy - 1971. [1194691]
London: The Roundhouse Theatre, 1971. Original poster for the single London performance run of Andy Warhol's only play, "Pork," August 2-28, 1971. "Pork" opened at LaMama Theatre in New York City on May 5, 1971 and ran for two weeks before transferring to the Roundhouse Theatre. Produced by Ira Gale and directed by Anthony Ingrassia, the cast included Jayne County as Vulva, Tony Zanetta as B. Marlowe and Cherry Vanilla as Amanda Pork. "Pork" was based on tape-recorded telephone conversations between Andy Warhol and Brigid Berlin about her family's private life, and proved to be a defining counter-cultural event, which would have a significant influence on the evolution of the glam, glitter and punk movements. The London production in particular was instrumental in the transformation of David Bowie's visual style and stage presentation.  "Pork," assistant director Lee Black Childers explained, grew out of "boxes and boxes and hours and hours of cassette tapes," comprising every single telephone conversation that Warhol and Brigid Berlin had in the previous three years, and painstakingly transcribed by Warhol's long-suffering assistant Pat Hackett. "Basically, it was nothing more than a lot of pointless conversation. It was a comment on a society where nobody listens to anybody else. None of the conversations were linked, everybody just talked." Anthony Ingrassia, the show's four-hundred-pound director, painted an even more disorganized impression. Warhol's initial vision for "Pork" comprised no fewer than twenty-nine separate acts that would have lasted around two hundred hours. Ingrassia edited this down into a fast-paced two-act play that shifted its attention from a barely disguised Factory to a fairly recognizable Max's Kansas City and on to Berlin's hotel room. The lead character, Amanda Pork, was Berlin herself in all but name. Other prominent characters included Billy Noname, a businesslike gentleman named Pall, a vicious blonde superstar called Vulva, two nude men with pastel-covered genitals named the Pepsodent Twins, and, practically immobile at the heart of the action, a pale, deadpan, laconic slice of living ennui named B. Marlowe. 12.5 x 20 inches (32 x 51 cm). Thin poster stock, treated finish on recto, matte finish on verso. In an archival frame with UV plexiglass. Alexander, p. 128. Hackett, pp. 215-217. Malanga, pp. 132-136. Warholstars.
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