What To Send Up When It Goes Down

The play “unapologetically pries open a space for people of color in the theater with a community ritual that is by, for and about Black people," says Woolly Mammoth Artistic Director María Manuela Goyanes. 

What To Send Up When It Goes Down is a play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration in response to the physical and spiritual deaths of African-Americans as a result of racialized violence. Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of African-American 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. It will be at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Oct. 12 and 13; Howard University, Oct. 17 to 20; THEARC, 25 to 27; and Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Oct. 30 to Nov. 10. Ticket price varies by venue. Tickets to every venue are available online at woollymammoth.net, by phone at 202-393-3939, email at tickets@woollymammoth.net or in person at the Box Office, located at 641 D St. NW.