Special Commendation 2019-20

Aleshea Harris

Play: What To Send Up When It Goes Down

Aleshea Harris

Synopsis: A ritual celebrating the inherent value of Black people while challenging anti-Blackness and mourning those lost to racist violence.

Cast Breakdown: Total: 4 M, 4W

Very flexible and welcoming to non-binary actors

Set/Costume Requirements: minimal

Website: http://www.bagofbeans.net/

Agent:  Derek Zasky, WME / dzasky@wmeagency.com

Bio: Is God Is (dir. Taibi Magar at Soho Rep) won the 2016 Relentless Award, an Obie award for playwriting, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. What to Send Up When It Goes Down had its critically-acclaimed NYC premiere (dir. Whitney White, produced by The Movement) in fall of 2018 and was featured in American Theatre Magazine’s April ’19 issue. Harris was awarded the Next Step Award from Samuel French and has commissions with Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group and the Almeida Theatre.

What to Send Up When It Goes Down (top left and bottom image: Hibernian Hall, Boston. Photos by Lauren Miller. Performers are Alana Raquel Bowers, Rachel Christopher, Ugo Chukwu, Kambi Gathesha, Nemuna Ceesay, Denise Manning, Javon Q. Minter, and Beau Thom.
Right image: A.R.T./New York Theaters. Photo by Ahron R. Foster. Performers are: Alana Raquel Bowers, Rachel Christopher, Ugo Chukwu, Kambi Gathesha, Naomi Lorrain, Denise Manning, Javon Q. Minter, and Beau Thom.)