What to Send Up When It Goes Down

Name: Playwrights Horizons/ Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Address: 416 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Production Information
First performance date: September 24, 2021
Opening date: September 24, 2021
Closing date: October 17, 2021
External Links: Official Website

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Production Description
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.
Opening Night Credits

Production Credits
Person/Company Credit
Playwrights Horizons Producer
The Movement Theatre Company Presenter
Aleshea Harris Playwright
Aleshea Harris Songs
Whitney White Director
Yu-Hsuan Chen Set Designer
Andy Jean Costume Designer
Cha See Lighting Designer
Sinan Refik Zafar Sound Designer
Genevieve Ortiz Production Stage Manager
Carolina Arboleda Assistant Stage Manager
Award Person / Company Function
1 NOMINATED 2022 Antonyo Award, Best Play Aleshea Harris Playwright
2 NOMINATED 2022 Antonyo Award, Best Play Ensemble Playwrights Horizons Producer
Was scheduled to premiere in June 2020, but was delayed until September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.