Andy Warhol, ‘'PORK' (London Play), 1971, Original PROGRAM, The Round House London.’, 1971, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Andy Warhol, ‘'PORK' (London Play), 1971, Original PROGRAM, The Round House London.’, 1971, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

'PORK', 1971, original program for the single London performance run of Andy Warhol's only play August 2-28th 1971 at The Round House, London. Not signed.

Excellent- no issues, very slight toning (see pics).

"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.

Signature: Not Signed

Publisher: The Round House, London

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About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States