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How to Defend Yourself

by Lily Padilla


Directed by Danya Taymor

In the aftermath of a campus rape, seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop. They learn to use their bodies as weapons. They learn to fend off attackers. They learn “not to be a victim.” It's self-defense as a channel for rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma, and desire – lots of desire. A play about what you want, how to ask for it, and the insidious ways rape culture steals one’s body and sense of belonging.

Earlier Event: August 11
The Garden
Later Event: August 12
The New Englanders