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The Movement Theatre Company's production; photo by Ahron R. Foster (@arfosterphoto)

What to Send Up When It Goes Down


Peter Jay Sharp Theater

Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White

Playwrights Horizons presents The Movement Theatre Company’s production

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.

Please note: What to Send Up When It Goes Down is a special Redux Series production, presented in addition to our 2020/21 season. Season package holders receive an exclusive discount to this production, which is accessible by logging into your account.

Scenic Design: Yu-Hsuan Chen
Lighting Design: Cha See
Costume Design: Andy Jean
Sound Design: Sinan Refik Zafar
Original Songs: Aleshea Harris
Production Stage Manager: Genevieve Ortiz

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