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31 - Mar
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Where:GRAY Chicago, 2044 West Carroll Avenue,, Cook County, Illinois, United States, 60612
Is our American society desensitized to the recurrent killing of Black youth? Do we accept this as a cost of law enforcement? What ideologies enable such killings? What forms can healing take? \ \ Congo Square Theatre Company, GRAY, and Theaster Gates’s Rebuild Foundation are proud to jointly present the Chicago premiere of What to Send Up When It Goes Down, the critically acclaimed play by award-winning playwright Aleshea B. Harris. The performance will be presented at GRAY Chicago (2044 West Carroll Ave) from March 31 through April 16 and Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank from April 21 through May 1, 2022.\ \ 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. \ \ What to Send Up When It Goes Down intends to create a space for as many Black-identifying audience members as possible and was created for a Black audience, but all are welcome. \ \ From March 31 - May 1, What to Send Up When It Goes Down will be performed as follows: Thursday and Friday evenings at 7:30 PM; Saturdays at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM; and Sundays at 2:30 PM. To maintain the integrity of the production and intimacy of the venue, only 50 guests will be accommodated at each performance. Tickets are priced at $35.00 ($50.00 with post-show reception on select dates). An equal number of ticket
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