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What to Send Up When it Goes Down

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging

About the show

"What to Send Up When it Goes Down" is a community ritual created in response to the deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence. More…

As lines between characters and actors, observers and observed blur, a dizzying series of vignettes build to a climactic moment where performance and reality collide, highlighting the absurdity of anti-blackness in our society. Through facilitation and dialogue we must decide how to cope, resist, and move forward.

Member Reviews (12)


Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intense, Great staging

Confusing, Disappointing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if If you want to participate in the show, chant,write, scream etc. Some good acting in it. If you want a much different kind of piece.

Don't see it if Stories tell sometimes half truths at best. If your white, you feel uncomfortable and are made to be. If you dont like over the top rage.

November 19th, 2018
"If 'What to Send Up' is a receptacle for the rage that is part and parcel of life for many African-Americans, a piece that encourages its audience to respond with cathartic yells and tears, it is also shaped by a rarefied theatrical intelligence...Harris has a gift for pushing the familiar to su...
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November 19th, 2018
"We pass a talking rock around a participation circle; we share a primal shout. For some, this will be nourishing, even if the therapy dynamic is an awkward fit with its theatrical surrounding. You don’t usually pay for church...The members of the ensemble, thrumming with electricity, perform qui...
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November 19th, 2018
"The writing itself is richly musical; the stark poetry and driving rhythms Harris mines in language, enhanced by repetition, lend power to 'What to Send On' from the beginning...Most of the characters are recognizably modern and less specific in design, functioning more to represent the dilemmas...
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November 25th, 2018
"This is theater that sets out to do something...A rapidly paced, often eviscerating series of scenes that almost overlap as one takes over from the next, returning again, sometimes as a clear continuation, sometimes as repetition with difference...It carries that slightly unfinished quality comm...
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