How to Defend Yourself

Co-World Premiere with Actors Theatre of Louisville
Jan 24Feb 23, 2020
Run Time:TBD
Byliliana padilla
Directed byMarti Lyons


How to Defend Yourself circles around seven college students who gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn how to “not be a victim”, how to use their bodies as weapons, how to fend off attackers. The form of self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, trauma, confusion, anxiety, and desire–lots of desire. Challenged to determine what they want and how to ask for it, the students must ultimately face the insidious ways rape culture steals one’s body and sense of belonging. Developed as part of Victory Gardens 2018 Ignition Festival of New Plays and the winner of the 2019 Yale Drama Series Prize, How to Defend Yourself is funny, raw and brutally honest – a triumph from playwright liliana padilla. The production will be directed by Marti Lyons (Cambodian Rock BandNative Gardens Victory Gardens, Witch Writers Theatre).

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