What to Send Up When It Goes Down


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.

WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN will “move” throughout DC, beginning with venues operating at the intersection of black social and cultural life, before landing at Woolly in the fall of 2019.

Presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$29 - $40

Visit Show Website

Box Office Phone: 202-393-3939

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 10/29/2019 - 11/10/2019
Sunday 2:00pm7:00pm-
Monday ---
Tuesday 8:00pm--
Wednesday 8:00pm--
Thursday 8:00pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 3:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates
Performer Role
Rachel Christopher Ensemble
Kambi Gathesha Ensemble
Alana R Bowers Ensemble
Denise Manning Ensemble
Javon Q Minter Ensemble
Beau Thom Ensemble
Ugo Chukwu Ensemble
Nemuna Ceesay Ensemble
Production Personnel
Aleshea Harris
Whitney White
Costume Designer
Andy Jean
Set Designer
Yu-Hsuan Chen
Sound Designer
Sinan Zafar
Lighting Designer
Cha See


Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Getting There

  • Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow Lines)
  • Gallery Pl-Chinatown (Green/Yellow/Red Lines)
  • 70, 71, D1, D3, and D6 buses stop at 7th & E Streets. The P1, P2, P6, 13A, 13B, 13F, 13G, and 54 buses stop at 7th Street & Pennsylvania Ave.


  • Street parking
  • Paid garages
  • Theater discount at nearby garage


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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