What to Send Up When It Goes Down

October 30 - November 10, 2019

  • By Aleshea Harris
  • Directed by Whitney White
  • Produced by The Movement Theatre Company
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  • October 12 & 13 at Duke Ellington School for the Arts
  • October 17 – 20 at Howard University
  • October 24 – 27 at THEARC
  • Show runtime TBD

be advised that this show is touring around dc. please double-check your dates when purchasing tickets to confirm that you have the correct location.

October 12 & 13 at Duke Ellington School for the Arts
October 17 – 20 at Howard University
October 24 – 27 at THEARC
October 30 – November 10 at Woolly Mammoth

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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 parody, song, and movement in a series of vignettes to create a space for catharsis, reflection, cleansing and healing. Boundaries blur as the audience is asked to not only observe the performance, but participate in the ritual as well.

WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN will “move” throughout DC, beginning with venues operating at the intersection of black social and cultural life, before landing at Woolly in the fall of 2019.


"WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN is an impactful work specifically created in response to the deaths of Black people. It unapologetically pries open a space for people of color in the theater with a community ritual that is by, for, and about Black people."

- Maria Manuela Goyanes, Artistic Director


WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN performance calendar


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