SynopsisPresented by Rivendell Theatre Ensemble as part of the Steppenwolf Visiting Company Initiative CHICAGO PREMIERE Jolene Palmer, a prostitute arrested for killing seven johns, finds herself thrust into a circus of law officials, film producers and erotic dancers. Based on the compelling true story of Aileen Wuornos, SELF DEFENSE juggles crime, gender politics and the media spotlight with surprising results. "Mallen...is credible and quite moving in the lead role, as is very, very talented new-comer named Brandy McClendon." Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune "This powerful, unsparing work deserves attention." Kelly Kleiman, Aislesay.com "This is an outstanding achievement." Rick Reed, Windy City Times
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