What to Send Up When It Goes Down

What to Send Up When It Goes Down

Playwrights Horizons begins the 2021-2022 Off-Broadway season with The Movement Theatre Company production of Aleshea Harris’ What to Send Up When It Goes Down, directed by Whitney White.

What to Send Up When It Goes Down is a play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration in response to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black Americans as a result of racialized violence. Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of Black people throughout history, this theatrical work uses facilitated conversation, parody, song, and movement in a series of vignettes to create a space for catharsis, reflection, cleansing, and healing. Boundaries between performers and the audience blur as audiences are asked not only to observe the performance, but to participate in the ritual as well.

Performances are staged in the Mainstage Theater.

(Photo by Ahron R. Foster)

Running time: 
1hr 40mins (no intermission)
Child Policy:
Recommended for 12+ due to mature themes
Aleshea Harris
Playwrights Horizons
Whitney White
Cha See
Sinan Refik Zafar
Yu-Hsuan Chen
Qween Jean
What to Send Up When It Goes Down Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
September 24, 2021
Opening date: 
September 24, 2021
October 17, 2021

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