Is God is What to send up when it goes down

Aleshea Harris

Book - 2021

"Is God Is follows two twin sisters who undertake a dangerous journey to exact revenge upon their father at the behest of their ailing mother. Drawing on a diverse set of influences, including ancient tragedy, absurdism, Spaghetti Westerns, and Afropunk, Harris creates an explosive epic that examines the cyclical nature of violence. What to Send Up When it Goes Down uses a series of vignettes made up of songs, soliloquies and dialogues that range from the satirical to the sorrowful in order... to highlight anti-blackness in American society. The audience is invited to take part in rituals in order to act as witnesses to the effects of violence sparked by racism and to seek ways to collectively heal"--

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Subjects
Genres
Drama
Published
New York : Theatre Communications Group 2021.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
pages cm
ISBN
9781559369633
1559369639
Main Author
Aleshea Harris (-)
Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Is God Is follows two twin sisters who undertake a dangerous journey to exact revenge upon their father at the behest of their ailing mother. Drawing on a diverse set of influences, including ancient tragedy, absurdism, Spaghetti Westerns, and Afropunk,Harris creates an explosive epic that examines the cyclical nature of violence. What to Send Up When it Goes Down uses a series of vignettes made up of songs, soliloquies and dialogues that range from the satirical to the sorrowful in order to highlight anti-blackness in American society. The audience is invited to take part in rituals in order to act as witnesses to the effects of violence sparked by racism and to seek ways to collectively heal"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

“Furious and incandescent… Harris writes so blisteringly that the actors could just let the language’s flames carry them along.” —Helen Shaw, Time Out New York on Is God Is

An explosive epic that examines the cyclical nature of violence, Is God Is follows twin sisters who undertake a dangerous journey to exact revenge upon their father at the behest of their dying mother.

“Aleshea Harris turns theater into a monument, ephemeral but real, to ongoing pain. You can’t tear down a statue that never shows up outside.” —Vinson Cunningham, New Yorker on What to Send Up...

What to Send Up When It Goes Down is a play-pageant-ritual response to anti-Blackness in America. It is a challenge to us all: to heal through expression, expulsion, and movement.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Two dynamic new plays from an emerging writer that confront the experience of being black in America.