- Victory Gardens Theater
- 2433 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States + Google Map
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 Band, Native Gardens Victory Gardens, Witch Writers Theatre).
Theatre Week Performances:
Thursday, February 13 – 7:30PM
Friday, February 14 – 7:30PM
Saturday, February 15 – 3:00PM and 7:30PM
Sunday, February 16 – 3:00PM
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