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Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night

The Movement Theatre Company (David Mendizábal, Deadria Harrington, Eric Lockley, and Taylor Reynolds - Producing Artistic Leadership Team) is proud to present the New York Premiere production of WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN by Aleshea Harris (Is God Is), directed by Whitney White (Macbeth in Stride) at the A.R.T./New York Theatres in the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre from November 11, 2018 - December 8, 2018. Opening night will be Monday, November 19, 2018.

The ensemble cast will feature Alana Raquel Bowers (Scraps), Rachel Christopher (Minor Character), Ugo Chukwu (PORTO), Kambi Gathesha (Our Lady of Kibeho), Naomi Lorrain ("Orange is the New Black"), Denise Manning (The Genesis Plays), Javon Q. Minter (Platonov), and Beau Thom (off-Broadway debut).

The production will feature sets by Yu-Hsuan Chen (The Homecoming Queen), costumes by Andy Jean (Scraps), lighting by Cha See (Cute Activist), and sound design by Sinan Refik Zafar (And She Would Stand Like This). The production stage manager will be Genevieve Ortiz (Seven Spots on the Sun). Nissy Aya and Zhailon Levingston will serve as the Community Engagement Team.

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. As lines between characters and actors, observers and observed blur, a dizzying series of vignettes build to a climactic moment where 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.

The Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres is located at 502 W 53rd Street (between 10th and 11thAvenues).

Photo Credit: Sam Joseph Photography

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night
Whitney White and Aleshea Harris

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night
Ugo Chukwu, Rachel Christopher, Javon Q. Minter, Naomi Lorrain, Alana Raquel Bowers, Denise Manning, Kambi Gathesha, Aleshea Harris, Beau Thom, Whitney White

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night
The Cast of WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night
Producers Deadria Harrington, David Mendizábal, Eric Lockley, Taylor Reynolds

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night
Playwright Aleshea Harris

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night
Playwright Aleshea Harris and Director Whitney White

Photo Flash: Aleshea Harris's WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Celebrates Opening Night
David Mendizábal, Eric Lockley, Aleshea Harris, Whitney White, Deadria Harrington, Taylor Reynolds


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