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, that Visky’s writing is known for.  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.

 

- Which revolution are you talking about?

 

- I know only of one. The one where my body was

freed from the weight of time and rejoiced

in itself independently of me. Do you remember?


 - Yes, I remember.



"She is an almost elemental presence."

    -Ben Brantley, New York Times


“Chicago is profoundly lucky to add Theatre Y to the ranks of its bravest and most uniquely intriguing theater companies."

    -Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review

 

“Theatre Y solidifies itself as my favorite black box theatre company…Visky’s writing performed is a special treat for Chicago.”

    -Timothy McGuire, Chicago Critic

 

“…Firmly and persuasively commanding your attention…”

    -Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune



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PEOPLE


András Visky is a poet, playwright and essayist and the resident dramaturg at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania, where he also holds the position of associate artistic director. His plays have been staged in several countries including Romania, Hungary, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the United States. Since 1994, he has lectured at the Cluj Babeş-Bolyai University in the Department of Theatre and Television. Visky is the author of more than a dozen plays, including Juliet which opened at the Thalia Theatre in Budapest where it ran for several seasons. His play Long Friday which opened at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, is a stage adaptation of Imre Kertész's novel Kaddish for an Unborn Child (winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature), and received awards for best play and Ddramaturgy at the Hungarian National Theater Festival in Pécs; the play has toured in Bucharest, Budapest, Sibiu, Torino, and Ljubljana.


Visky’s The Escape, Alcoholics and Light/Shadow opened in Romania and Hungary and Alcoholics toured in Czech Republic. His most recent play, Born For Never, opened at the Festival d'Avignon in 2009, and was rated as the best performance of the Festival according to the critics’ votes.


In 2009 Visky was awarded the prestigious József Attila Award by the Hungarian Minister of Culture.


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Éva Patkó is part of the young generation of directors in Romania. She worked in several theaters across Romania, directing world premiere contemporary plays (András Visky`s The Escape or Zsolt Láng`s The Winter Garden), but also classic authors (Shakespeare, Garcia Lorca). She works with acting, directing and stage design students at the University of Arts in Targu Mures where she has been teaching since 2009. Her training includes courses and master classes at University of Arts in Targu Mures, UCBerkeley Theater Department, directing and Theater workshops in Saint-Petersburg Russia, Alexandria Egypt, Budapest Hungary.


She as a Ph.D. in theater studies. She also translates plays (a book of 5 Visniec plays appeared in 2010).


Her current directorial focus is the relationship between audience and performer.


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Melissa Lorraine became a company member of Studio K in Budapest, Hungary upon graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2002 with a B.F.A. in acting. During that year she was handed the newly translated Juliet, and András Visky proposed that she perform the English premiere when she returned to the States. Three years later, she co-founded Theatre Y with director Christopher Markle, and Juliet began her international tour, which has included over two hundred performances worldwide. I Killed My Mother, written by András for Melissa, premiered in Chicago at the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago’s Best Actress Orgie award), and most recently played at LaMama ETC in New York, where the New York Times’ Ben Brantley called her “an almost elemental presence.”  She created a new production of Juliet with Karin Coonrod for Theatre Y at the Royal George Theatre in Chicago last September. She played Bertha in Exiles by James Joyce, Martha in The Misunderstanding by Albert Camus, and directed the critically acclaimed Vincent River by Philip Ridley in the Theatre Y's summer Exiled Trilogy. 


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Evan Hill was last seen as Richard in the Theatre Y production of Exiles by James Joyce.  Other acting credits include the title role in Right Brain Theater’s production of The Archivist,  and Berish in Elie Wiesel’s The Trial of God (directed by Melissa Lorraine) at MBI where he graduated with a degree in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.  He trained with Lorraine in Romania under András Visky and other professors of the Babes-Bolyai University.  He is a writer and a Chicago network playwright with the Chicago Dramatists.

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Ezra Colón is making his Chicago theatrical debut with Theatre Y’s production of PORN. Earlier this year he performed as Oedipus in Oedipus the King (Duke City Repertory Theatre) in Albuquerque, NM. He is from Abingdon, VA, where as a resident actor (Barter Theatre) he performed in over 40 productions in the span of 5 years. His favorite roles include Dave Bukatinsky in The Full Monty, Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein, Lefou in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Hamlet in Hamlet. As an apprentice at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Berkshire, MA, he trained in the Suzuki method of acting. He is a teaching artist for the Springer Theatre Academy and the Wildcat Conservatory. This past summer he taught Voice and Movement, and Acting Classes to kids, ages 11 – 17 years old. He has a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University.

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Stanley needs no introduction.




 

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