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Poster for Self Defense or Death of Some Salesman
Self Defense, or Death of Some Salesman

April 22, 23, 24 at 7:00pm

By Carson Kreitzer
Directed by Louie Piday

Seven white men have been found dead along I-95 in Florida. A prostitute is arrested and charged with their murders. The police say she's a serial killer. She claims seven separate acts of self-defense. Inspired by the true story of Aileen Wuornos, Self Defense, or death of some salesmen is a whirlwind seven acts in 95 minutes. The play is fast and furious, shocking, and funny, and at its center, a portrait of a very complicated human being. She is complex, charismatic, dangerous, damaged, full of love and anger; above all else, she is alive. An investigation of capital punishment, destitution, violence against (and by) women, and whether a prostitute is considered a person under our justice system, Self Defense gives a long, hard look at an America most of us don't want to admit exists.

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About the LACC Theatre Academy

The Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College has firmly established itself as one of the most highly respected professional theater training institutions in the United States. Since its founding in 1929, the professional Theater training program of the Academy has been dedicated to developing the skills, crafts, and attitudes of students to prepare them for careers in the professional theater. See our Theatre Archives for photos of past productions!

Professional theater training is offered in four areas, or options, of concentration:

  • Acting
  • Advanced Acting
  • Costume Design
  • Technical Theater Entertainment Technology

This nationally recognized conservatory is a vocational, skill certificated, professional theater training program for students specializing in acting, technical theater, and costume design who wish to move directly into the profession upon completion of their training.

The Theatre Academy is dedicated to the training of talented, serious students who wish to pursue a career in the professional theater. All prospective Academy students are required to apply for admission to the Theatre Academy (Theater Production Office, Theater Building 208). All acting candidates are required to audition and/or interview before being invited to train at the Academy. Those interested in training at the Academy should call the Theater Production Office (323) 953-4000 ext. 2983 to schedule an audition/interview.

This program is a full-time exploration of the skills necessary to compete in theater, television, film, and other areas of the entertainment industry. Guided by a critically acclaimed faculty with a vast range of experience in the industry, the students gain fundamental skills in acting, movement, voice, speech, character analysis, dialects, and production. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the students will have developed a respect and appreciation for all aspects of Theater, along with the ability to create a character on stage and to sustain a performance in front of an audience.

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Professional theater training is offered in four areas, or options, of concentration:

Advanced Acting
Costume Design
& Technical Theater Entertainment Technology

Mission Statement

The LACC Theater Arts Department and Theatre Academy foster student learning in creative exploration through robust conservatory training in the fields of acting, costuming, and technical theater.