How to Defend Yourself

February 1 – 4 & 8 – 11, 2024

by Liliana Padilla
Directed by Sally Hecksel
Performed at Stage One Performing Arts Center, 2200 Lake Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI 48912

This production generously underwritten by Joan & Jerry Mattson

Tickets not available for purchase at this time.

About this Production

Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They practice using their bodies as weapons. They wrestle with their desires. They learn the limits of self-defense. This new play explores the intersection of sex, community, and what it means to heal in a violent world. Padilla shows how learning self-defense becomes a channel for these college students’ rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma, and desire. The play examines what one wants, how to ask for it, and the ways rape culture threatens one’s body and sense of belonging.

How to Defend Yourself takes place after a sexual assault. It discusses, but does not depict sexual violence and contains other mature themes. Please see below for more details.

Performance Location: Stage One Performing Arts Center, 2200 Lake Lansing Rd, Lansing, MI 48912
Ticket Prices: General Admission – $15, Student/Senior 65+/Veteran – $10

Show Dates & Times:
– Thursday, February 1 @ 7pm
– Friday, February 2 @ 7pm
– Saturday, February 3 @ 7pm
– Sunday, February 4 @ 2pm
– Thursday, February 8 @ 7pm
– Friday, February 9 @ 7pm
– Saturday, February 10 @ 7pm
– Sunday, February 11 @ 2pm

You’re invited to join us for “Afterthoughts”, a curated post-show conversation to discuss the themes and ideas presented in HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF. Our next Afterthoughts will take place on Sunday February 11 at 6:30pm in the Stage One cafe. Attendance is free, though RSVPs are appreciated. Send an email to indicating your attendance.

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