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What To Send Up When It Goes Down
Theater What to Send Up When It Goes Down

BAM Fisher
Fishman Space


Jun 20—Jul 11, 2021
Running Time: Approx 2 hours

BAM and Playwrights Horizons
in association with The Movement Theatre Company


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.

Aleshea Harris’ acclaimed, groundbreaking play bears witness to the impact of racist violence and offers a space for catharsis, discussion, reflection, and healing.

“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

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 is a play, a ritual, and a home-going celebration. Blurring the boundaries between actors and audiences, these participatory performances ask audiences to join in a spirit of openness.

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 to reserve, or for more information.

Standby Line

On the day of each performance, if tickets become available, Black-identifying audience members will be given priority for the first six tickets (or three pairs) via a standby line. Standby tickets (if available) can be purchased at the box office just before the start of the show.


Season Sponsor:


Bloomberg Philanthropies


Leadership support for programming in the Howard Gilman Opera House and 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