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  Wagner New Play Festival 2018

How to Defend Yourself

directed by Kim Rubinstein

Show dates:
Friday, May 11th @ 7:30pm
   Saturday, May 12th @ 2pm
   Monday, May 14th @ 7:30pm
   Wednesday, May 16th @ 7:30pm
   Thursday, May 17th @ 7:30pm 

Location:   Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre


Seven college students gather for a DIY self-defense workshop after a sorority sister is raped. They learn to use their bodies as weapons. They learn to fend off attackers. They learn “not to be a victim.” Learning self-defense becomes a channel for their rage, anxiety, confusion, trauma and desire – lots of desire. 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.

About the Playwright

Lily Padilla is a third-year MFA Playwriting candidate whose plays have been performed or developed with INTAR Theatre, The 24 Hr Play Company, The Lark Play Development Center, RAW Theatrical, PLG Arts, plumage and Structure 13. She is a 2009 EmergeNYC fellow with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Lily is co-founder of American Nightcap, a late-night play series which gathered artists from diverse NYC theater communities for condensed, energetic collaborations. Lily holds a BFA from NYU Tisch: Playwrights Horizons and the Experimental Theater Wing. 

About the Director

Kim Rubinstein was most recently Long Wharf Theatre's Associate Artistic Director where she directed Guys and Dolls, Midsummer Night's Dream, Private Lives, Santaland Diaries, and The Cocktail Hour. This past summer she directed Much Ado About Nothing for Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Other regional credits include The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Portland Center Stage and San Jose Rep), Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare), Love's Labour's Lost (Next Theatre), The Tempest (Southwest Rep), The American Plan and Eloise and Ray (Roadwoarks), Pan and Boone (Running with Scissors), Baby With The Bathwater (Roundhouse Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival), Beckett Shorts (Berkshire Theatre Festival, Splinter Group's Buckets O'Beckett Festival. She was Associate Director with Michael Mayer and Tour Director of the National Tour of Angels In America.

Her other teaching credits include ten years on the acting/directing faculty at Northwestern University, University of Chicago, Brown/Trinity Consortium, Wesleyan University, NTI at The O'Neill Center and a ongoing teaching gig with the School at Steppenwolf. Kim has been very active in the development of new plays and has directed many readings and workshops at places like New Dramatists and Long Wharf.

Ms. Rubinstein is a recipient of the TCG/NEA directing fellowship and was nominated for the Alan Schneider Directing Award, among other awards for her directing and teaching. Upcoming projects: SANTALAND DIARIES at the Long Wharf, THE AMERICAN PLAN at The Old Globe.

The Cast

BRANDI – Andrea Van Den Boogard
KARA – Mary Rose Branick
NIKKI – Molly Adea
DIANA – Fedra Ramirez
MOJDEH – Ariana Mahalatti
ANDY – Garrett Schulte
EGGO – Trevor Rinzler

The Creative Team

Director – Kim Rubinstein
Scenic Designer – Yi-Chien Lee
Costume Designer – Annie Le
Lighting Designer – Minjoo Kim
Sound Designer – Steven Leffue
Dramaturg – Gabe Greene
Assistant Director – Hannah Folk
Assistant Director – Cassidy Paradis
Assistant Lighting Designer –  Michael Wogulis
Production Stage Manager – Amber R. Dettmers
Assistant Stage Manager – Taylor Cajka
Production Assistant – Lily Joo

Performances Parking & Location

Located at:   Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.






May 11th

May 12th

May 14th

May 16th

May 17th





Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only – Comp Request for How to Defend Yourself >>


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