Humana Festival

How to Defend Yourself

By Lily Padilla

Directed by Marti Lyons

Production Photos from How to Defend Yourself at the 43rd Humana Festival with Actors Theatre of Louisville

Molly Adea - Nikki | David Ball - Andy | Anna Crivelli - Brandi | 

Abby Leigh Huffstetler - Kara | Ariana Mahallati - Mojdeh | Jonathan Moises Olivares - Eggo | Gabriela Ortega - Diana

Playwright: Lily Padilla | Director: Marti Lyons | Dramaturg: Jessica Reese | Scenic Designer: Kimie Nishikawa | Costume Designer: Dina Abd El-Aziz | Lighting Designer: Heather Gilbert | Sound Designer: Luqman Brown | Movement Director: Stephanie Paul | Fight Director: Drew Fracher | Stage Manager: Jan Hubert

Brandi starts teaching her peers self-defense after fraternity brothers assault one of her sorority sisters. Visceral and provocative, How to Defend Yourself examines the impact of rape culture, on campus and beyond.

Production photos from Self-Conchas at OnStage Playhouse


Molly Adea - Shelly

Hannah Trujillo - Concha

Lupe Saucedo - Consuelo

Written by Wendy Maples, Crystal Mercado, Veronica Burgess, Carlenne Lacosta, Reanne Lacosta, Nicole Odiawa, Natalie Ovalle, Mel Rico, Sinai Rico, Natalie Tommasino, Alejandra Villanueva, Sofia Zaragoza

Self-Conchas is about three San Diego girls - a Chicana, a Filipina, and a Mexicana - explore their immigrant identities all while surviving their first year in a new territory: middle school.


By Bocon Arts and TuYo Theatre

Directed by Wendy Maples and Crystal Mercado 

Wagner New Play Festival


Molly Adea - Nikki | Mary Rose Branick - Kara | Ariana Mahallati - Mojdeh | Fedra Ramirez - Diana | Trevor Rintzler - Eggo | Garrett Schulte - Andy | Andrea Van Den Boogard - Brandi

Creative Team

Scenic Designer: Yi-Chien Lee | Costume Designer: Annie Le | Lighting Designer: Minjoo Kim | Sound Designer: Steven Leffue | Dramaturg: Gabe Greene | Production Stage Manager: Amber R. Dettmers 

Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. HOW TO DEFEND YOURSELF explores what you want, how to ask for it, and the insidious ways rape culture steals one's body and sense of belonging.