Andy Warhol's Pork

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Andy Warhol's Pork (also known as Pork) is the first and only play by Andy Warhol. It was directed by Anthony Ingrassia, produced by Ira Gale, and stage-managed by Leee Black Childers.[1][2] Pork opened on May 5, 1971, at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City for a two-week run.[3] It was brought to the Roundhouse in London for a six-week run in August 1971.[4]

Pork was based on tape-recorded conversations between Brigid Berlin and Warhol during which Brigid would play for Warhol tapes she had made of phone conversations between herself and her mother, socialite Honey Berlin.[5]

Left to right: Dana Gillespie, Tony Defries and David Bowie at Pork at London's Roundhouse in 1971.

The play featured Jayne County as "Vulva," Cherry Vanilla as "Amanda Pork," Tony Zanetta as a Warhol-analogue called B. Marlowe, Geri Miller as Josie, Cleve Roller, Julia Breck, and Suzanne Smith.[6][3][7][8] Other cast members included the "Pepsodent Twins" who, according to Jayne County, represented Warhol's boyfriend Jed Johnson and his twin brother, Jay Johnson.[9] According to a review of the London production, "[Amanda] Pork is estranged from her husband and attended by the Pepsodent twins, two boys alike only in their nudity and their pastel powdered genitals."[9]

Reviewing Pork for The New York Times, journalist Grace Glueck wrote, "All in all, it's a cozy bunch; take out the fornication, masturbation, defecation and prevarication with which 'Pork' is larded and you might have a certain similarity to the juvenile gang in 'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.'"[3]

In London, the production caused a scandal. Geri Miller exposed her breast during a photo session in front of the Queen Mother's house and got arrested.[10]

David Bowie, who saw the play, later hired several of the Pork cast members to join his management firm MainMan.[11][12]


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