How to Defend Yourself

Tuesdays - Sundays

March 13–April 7, 2019

In the Bingham Theatre

Run Time: 90 minutes

Audience Advisory: Strong language, some violence and explicit discussion of sex and sexual assault. Contains e-cigarette smoking and strobe lighting.
Age Recommendations:  16+
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If you have ever been affected by sexual violence, remember that you are not alone. To speak with a counselor or find local resources, call the free and anonymous National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1.800.656.4673 or visit

Your body is a weapon. So says Brandi, who starts teaching her peers self-defense after fraternity brothers assault one of her sorority sisters. Joined by two male classmates who show up in support, the group learns how to fight back, while wrestling with their own complicated experiences and desires. But how much can a class actually teach them about protecting themselves—and each other? Visceral and provocative, How to Defend Yourself examines the impact of rape culture, on campus and beyond.

by Lily Padilla
directed by Marti Lyons
co-world premiere with Victory Gardens Theater

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