In the Bay State Banner: ‘What to Send Up When It Goes Down’ offers safe space for black Americans


The ensemble of What to Send Up When It Goes Down. PHOTO: AHRON R. FOSTER

Playwright Aleshea Harris has not just written a performance in her production, “What to Send Up When It Goes Down.” She has created a space, a community ritual and the opportunity for black audience members to breathe. Not just short, shallow, safe breaths, but gulping, life-giving, cathartic gasps. Performed by The Movement Theatre Company, an all-black ensemble, this safe space comes to Dudley Square’s Hibernian Hall Nov. 14 to 16 and to The Ex black box at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge Nov. 20 to 24.

“I was really frustrated when the person who killed Trayvon Martin was acquitted,” says Harris, “and I felt like I needed community around that, and I needed to make something. I made a space for my sadness, for my anger, for my need to be affirmed in the face of anti-blackness.” That is the space that will be shared with Boston next month.

Read the entire article as it originally appeared in The Bay State Banner here.