How to Defend Yourself

Tony Award winner Rachel Chavkin collaborates with playwright Liliana Padilla and Steph Paul on How to Defend Yourself at New York Theatre Workshop. How to Defend Yourself tickets will be available soon.

In Padilla's play, after a sorority sister is raped, 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.” Self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma and desire — lots of desire. With sharp humor and brutal honesty, Liliana Padilla’s How to Defend Yourself explores what we want, how to ask for it, and the violator and violated inside us all. Tony Award-winning NYTW Usual Suspect Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), Susan Smith Blackburn finalist Liliana Padilla (Born 1000 Times) and Helen Hayes Award winner Steph Paul (The Last Match) will co-direct the production.

Liliana Padilla
Rachel Chavkin, Liliana Padilla, Steph Paul
How to Defend Yourself Performance Dates & Times
2022-23 season

New York Theatre Workshop

79 East 4th Street (between 2nd Avenue and Bowery), New York, NY 10003
Nearest subway station:
2nd Avenue Station