What to Send Up When it Goes Down - Duke Ellington
About What to Send Up When it Goes Down - Duke Ellington
"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.
This production will "move" throughout DC, performing at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Howard University, and THEARC, before landing at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
"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.