Please note: In an effort to maintain the safety of our performers, guests, and staff, proof of vaccination or is required for all guests. Masks are required at all times in the theater. This production contains mature material as is not recommended for audiences under 13. The performance lasts 90-minutes with no intermission, and no late entry or seating will be allowed due to the nature of the performance.
Described as a play-pageant-ritual-homegoing celebration, What to Send Up When It Goes Down responds to the gratuitous loss of Black lives and interrupts discourses that enable the ubiquity of racialized violence in our society.
What to Send Up When It Goes Down is a participatory, shapeshifting experience intent on creating space for collective catharsis, cleansing and healing. The performance unfolds as a series of vignettes which employ a variety of forms including parody, song, movement, and facilitated dialogue. Breaking the fourth wall, cast members enact the script differently in each performance as members of the audience are invited not only to behold the piece as spectators, but to become part of the current that holds the story together.
This intimate, interactive 90-minute work will be co-directed by Congo Square Artistic Director Ericka Ratcliff and Ensemble member Daniel Bryant and feature Ensemble members Ronald L. Conner and Anthony Irons along with Jos N Banks, McKenzie Chinn, Victor Missoni, Alexandria Moorman, and Penelope Walker. Other creative team members include Sarah Grace Goldman (Dramaturg), Estrellita Edwell (Production/Tour Manager & Technical Director), Charlique C. Rolle (Movement Coordinator), Sydney Lynne Thomas (Set & Props Designer), Alexis Chaney (Costume/Wig/Makeup Designer), and Levi Wilkins (Lighting Designer).