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Eleven Reflections
on the Nation

Eleven Reflections on the Nation is a socially-engaged series of new performance works exploring Southwest/Central Asian and North African (SWANA), Middle Eastern/North African/South Asian (MENASA), and Muslim American experiences in the 21st century. The instigating work, Eleven Reflections on September, is a multimedia performance on Arab American identity, wars on/of terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death / amidst beauty” in a post-9/11 world. Based on this work, Andrea Assaf co-creates and directs multidisciplinary, community-based, devised performances in cities across the United States. In each participating city, the performance will draw from the structure of the original piece, while engaging artists and communities who have been affected by post-9/11 policies to create their own content, illuminating our collective experiences since 2001. The result? A distinct, but interconnected, series of new performances across the country.


For examples, check out our inaugural project 11Reflections: San Antonio with The Carver, below; follow the development of 11Reflections: San Francisco with Brava; or follow #11Reflections on social media! Or contact us to bring Eleven Reflections on the Nation to your city…

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San Antonio

The inaugural production, commissioned and presented by the Carver Community Cultural Center, in San Antonio, TX, 2020-21. Click here for archival photos, video clips, and more!


San Francisco

Presented by Brava For Women in the Arts / Brava Theater Center, in partnership with Golden Thread Productions. In development beginning September 2022, premiering in September 2024!


National Call for
Videos & Stories

Do you have a story to tell, or creative reflections to share? A2A & the Arab American National Museum invite you to submit a video or story as part of a national archive with selected showcases!