What to Send Up When It Goes Down - Tour

October 12 - October 27, 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.

This page is for performances at Duke Ellington, Howard University, and THEARC.

see below For performances at woolly mammoth, or click here.

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

Learn More About What to Send Up at Woolly Mammoth


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 the venues listed below, before landing at Woolly in the fall of 2019.


WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN at Duke Ellington

Performances at Duke Ellington School for the Arts


Saturday, October 12 at 2:00 PM

Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 13 at 2:00 PM

Sunday, October 13 at 7:30 PM


WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN at Duke Ellington calendar


WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN at Howard University

Performances at the HOWARD UNIVERSITY black box


Thursday, October 17 at 8:15 PM

Friday, October 18 at 8:15 PM

Saturday, October 19 at 2:00 PM

Saturday, October 19 at 8:15 PM

Sunday, October 20 at 2:00 PM


WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN at Howard University calendar


WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN at THEARC

Performances at THEARC


Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 PM

Friday, October 25 at 2:00 PM

Friday, October 25 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 PM

Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 PM

Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 PM

Sunday, October 27 at 7:00 PM


WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN at THEARC calendar


CONTENT TRANSPARENCY: WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN contains audience participatory moments that are designed to be fully accessible, discussions and depictions of racism and racialized violence, and profanity.

For a detailed summary of the show, INCLUDING SPOILERS, please click here. If you have further questions about any content please contact our box office at 202.393.3939.