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WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN
Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White
Set Designer: Yu-Hsuan Chen
Lighting Designer: Cha See
Costume Designer: Andy Jean
Sound Designer: Sinan Refik Zafar
Production Stage Manager: Genevieve Ortiz
Assistant Stage Manager: Carolina Arboleda
Featuring Alana Raquel Bowers, Rachel Christopher, Nemuna Ceesay, Ugo Chukwu, Kambi Gathesha, Denise Manning, Javon Q. Minter, and Beau Thom
Produced by The Movement Theatre Company
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 people 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 audiences blur as the audiences are asked to not only observe the performance, but participate in the ritual as well.
Performed in English.
Due to the interactive nature of the piece, there will be no late seating and no re-entry during the performance.
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Production generously supported by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and The Public Theater.
Header and Featured image: photo by Ahron R. Foster