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Theater

What to Send Up When It Goes Down

 
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Jun 20—Jul 11, 2021
 
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LOCATION:

BAM Fisher
Fishman Space

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RUN TIME: Approx 2 hours
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Part of Spring 2021

BAM and Playwrights Horizons
in association with The Movement Theatre Company

Present

What to Send Up When It Goes Down
By Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White

The play was created for a Black audience but all are welcome. The intention of the play is to create a space for as many Black-identifying audience members as possible.

“This is theatre as art, exorcism, balm, and battle cry.”
—The New Yorker
“...if you’re a lover of theater, looking for signs of fresh and original and in-the-moment life on the American stage, you need to see What to Send Up.”
—The New York Times
“Harris created something that is as much a church service as it is a production — a goad to action, a place for fellowship, a series of spiky parables that teach the congregation.”
—Helen Shaw, New York Magazine

Aleshea Harris’ 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. These participatory performances ask audiences to join in a spirit of openness, offering a space for catharsis, discussion, reflection, and healing.

The play was originally scheduled to take place at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. With expanding health and safety regulations permitting safer indoor performances, the location change provides an opportunity for an extension in the production schedule and expands performances for more patrons to attend. Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented time—we're thrilled to welcome you back into our theater.

All 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.

Accessible seating is available for this event. Contact info@BAM.org to reserve, or for more information.

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

“What To Send Up When It Goes Down” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc

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.

 

TICKETS 
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On the day of each performance, when tickets become available, Black-identifying audience members will be given priority. Standby tickets can be purchased at the box office before the start of the show.

 
 
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