Set in Romania, in the months just preceding the 1989 revolution, “PORN” is one of the first plays to use the newly released secret police files of the Ceausescu regime as its chief source. The author was inspired by things that happened to people very close to him and the play was born out of the merging of two real stories. Time and again they transform into fiction, not just because time becomes history, but because of the extremely terrifying “virtuality” of the very end of the 1980s.
As always, Visky’s work is simultaneously rooted in a very specific time and place, extraordinarily personal, and profoundly universal. It speaks about the “pornography of politics” and the theft of life, with the poetry and childlike belief, or disbelief, for which Visky’s writing is known. It follows the untamable freedom of one simple woman, the stray children who feast with her, and the men that find her perfect, crazy, or dangerous. It is an unbridled romp through the unavoidable dictatorships of civilized society.
In Remembrance of the Revolution.