Outdoors | Theater

What to Send Up When It Goes Down

June 2021

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY

All outdoor performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff.

Limited Inventory

Part of Spring 2021

BAM and Playwrights Horizons present the Movement Theatre Company production of What to Send Up When It Goes Down
Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White

“From the start, Harris makes clear that she wrote the play for black people, and the audience participation is guaranteed to make some viewers uncomfortable. So be it: this is theatre as art, exorcism, balm, and battle cry.”
—The New Yorker

Aleshea Harris’s acclaimed, groundbreaking new work is a play, a ritual, and a home-going celebration that bears witness to the physical and spiritual deaths of Black people as a result of racist violence. Setting out to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the inherent value of Black people, What to Send Up When It Goes Down blurs the boundaries between actors and audiences, offering a space for catharsis, discussion, reflection, and healing. These participatory outdoor performances—specially conceived for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden—ask audiences to join in a spirit of openness, surrounded by the beauty of nature on a summer’s day.

Scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen
Costume design by Qween Jean
Lighting design by Cha See
Sound design by Sinan Refik Zafar
Original songs by Aleshea Harris

Leadership support for off-site programs provided by:


Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation


Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Jerome L. Greene Foundation


Leadership support for theater at BAM provided by The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The SHS Foundation; and The Shubert Foundation, Inc.

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