Lily Padilla

Lily Padilla

Lily Padilla makes plays about sex, intersectional communities and what it means to heal in a violent world. Their play, How to Defend Yourself won the 2019 Yale Drama Prize and is a 2018-19 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist. It was produced in the 2019 Humana Festival and will be at Victory Gardens in 2020. MFA, UC San Diego, BFA, NYU Tisch. Lily is currently commissioned to make new plays with NNPN, Colt...
Lily Padilla makes plays about sex, intersectional communities and what it means to heal in a violent world. Their play, How to Defend Yourself won the 2019 Yale Drama Prize and is a 2018-19 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist. It was produced in the 2019 Humana Festival and will be at Victory Gardens in 2020. MFA, UC San Diego, BFA, NYU Tisch. Lily is currently commissioned to make new plays with NNPN, Colt Coeur, and South Coast Rep. They are also a director, actor and community builder who looks at rehearsal as a laboratory for how we might be together. www.lilypadilla.com

Plays

  • How to Defend Yourself
    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...
    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.
  • (w)holeness
    A support group for sex and love addicts meets weekly to “heal in community.” But is communal healing possible when each person carries different wounds and different privileges? Any illusion of safe space shatters when Matt, a ciswhite guy here on a court order shows up. Ruth Santos knew it was bullshit – in this capitalist patriarchy, you can only trust yourself. Faith, a chemist with a Craigslist addiction,...
    A support group for sex and love addicts meets weekly to “heal in community.” But is communal healing possible when each person carries different wounds and different privileges? Any illusion of safe space shatters when Matt, a ciswhite guy here on a court order shows up. Ruth Santos knew it was bullshit – in this capitalist patriarchy, you can only trust yourself. Faith, a chemist with a Craigslist addiction, hopes to make strictly platonic friends— maybe even be in a band! The calm-seeming Jace puts up with Matt’s misgendering — to a point. Veena, the intern therapist, is doing her best, but her supervisor abandoned her and her son is googling rape porn. Every Monday at group, they breathe in, breathe out, and try to love in a world that’s taught them hate – especially the kind turned inward.