Winner, Best of Fringe Award. An original multi-media performance piece written and directed by Alexandra Tydings, premiered at the 2016 Charm City Fringe Festival.
“The Trial of Hanna Porn - if Jon Oliver was Alex Tydings narrating the history of women, medicine and sexuality.”
The Trial of Hanna Porn is a journey through the history of the female body, from the bacchanalian madness of ancient Greece, through the witch hunts of the middle ages, to the modern delivery room.
The story brings to light forgotten moments from the history of medicine in which the struggle for power, profit, and legitimacy has been fought with varying degrees of violence. The battleground is the woman's body, and at times her sexuality itself is on trial.
The Trial of Hanna Porn reframes the terms of this ancient struggle and opens space for a new language of the body and desire.