What To Send Up When It Goes Down

by  Aleshea Harris

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 4f

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.

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What To Send Up When It Goes Down

by  Aleshea Harris

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 4f
  • Duration


    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

As lines between characters and actors – as well as observers and observed – blur, a dizzying series of vignettes builds to a climactic moment in which 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.
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"Truly remarkable." - The New York Times


Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance



  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Play w/ Music


4m, 4f
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)


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Aleshea Harris

Aleshea Harris’s play Is God Is won the 2016 Relentless Award, garnered her an Obie Award for playwriting in 2017, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and made The Kilroys List of “the most recommended un-and underproduced plays by trans and female authors of color” for 2017. Is God Is will be adapted in ...

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