Eleven Reflections

on September



Written & Directed by Andrea Assaf

Video Design by Eva Auster

Performed by: Andrea Assaf, Lubana Al Quntar, Eylem Basaldi, April Centrone, and Dora Arreola


Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry/spoken word, multimedia performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and “the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty” that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world.  This production is based on the series of poems Andrea Assaf has been writing since 2001, spanning the fall of the towers, the on-going wars, and the current revolutions and conflicts sweeping through the Arab world.  Aesthetically, the poems explore the disintegration of language in the face of violence, prejudice, and unspeakable horror; as such, they progress from lyrical to abstract and broken.  The annual witnessing of autumn leaves becomes a metaphor for the fallen–soldiers and civilians … This multi-disciplinary project includes performances with interactive media design and live music; community dialogues; visual arts exhibits; open mics, panels and opportunities for action through partnerships with Iraq Veterans Against the War and other peace organizations.

Notable venues have included the 2016 National Asian American Theatre Festival at Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF); The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, La Mama ETC, and The Apollo Soundstage as part of the 2015 Women of the World (WOW) Festival; Centro Cultural Tijuana (CECUT), Mexico, and the University of South Florida (USF) as part of the 2014 THIS Bridge series; The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, The Carpetbag Theatre, and Pangea World Theater, which commissioned the project as part of their 2011 Alternate Visions Series. Works-in-progress readings were also performed at The Bowery Poetry Festival, Hedgebrook, and the Grotowski Institute as part of the 2009 Zero Budget Festival.  


In 2021, we will re-create the show as a large-scale, community-based, devised performance directed by Andrea Assaf, engaging Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) and Muslim artists and allies from across San Antonio, Texas. Commissioned by The Carver Community Cultural Center, we hope this version of the project, Eleven Reflections: San Antonio, will become a model for a replicable process. As more cities and communities engage, we hope to launch a rolling series, Eleven Reflections on the Nation, in conjunction with the upcoming 20th anniversary of 9/11.

If you'd like this project to engage YOUR community, please contact us!




Playbill - Women Artists Collective Explores Post-9/11 New York


Downtown Magazine - Eleven Reflections on September: A Look Back on a Post-9/11 World

American Theater Magazine - Bringing it All Back Home


REVIEW: D.C. Dance Watcher - War and (Hope for) Peace

FEN Magazine - 6 Qs with Andrea Assaf

Dan Bacalzo’s Asian American Performance — Andrea Assaf Brings Eleven Reflections on September to La MaMa

Download NYC Press Release


October 2016 - 5th National Asian American Theater Conference & Festival @ OSF

Produced by the Consortium of Asian American Theatres & Artists (CAATA). Featuring Lubana Al Quntar and Eylem Basaldi.

August 11, 2016 @ Alternate ROOTS 40th Anniversary!

Featuring special guest dancer, S.T. Shimi, and introducing April Centrone on percussion.

September 15, 2015 @ The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival! With special guest vocalist, Jenny Luna.

June 14, 2015 @ the legendary Apollo Theater

As part of the WOW! Artists TakeOver, Women of the World Festival, in partnership with Hi-ARTS.

April 30-May 17, 2015 — NYC PREMIERE: La MaMa ETC

Three-week run at the historic La MaMa, First Floor Theatre, NYC, in partnership with HiArts. Featuring guest choreographer/dancer Donna Mejia, with post-show dialogues moderated by special guest artists including Heather Raffo, May Joseph, James Scruggs, and more.

November 20, 2021 - Eleven Reflections: San Antonio @ The Carver Community Cultural Center

Stay tuned for details! An all *NEW* devised theatre ensemble edition, coming soon!

MAY 1-11, 2021 - Eleven Reflections *DIGITAL PREMIERE* @ The Carver Cultural Center

Eleven Reflections on September is back! Join us for the premiere of the *DIGITAL PRODUCTION* featuring poet & director Andrea Assaf, internationally renowned vocalist Lubana Al Quntar, violinist Eylem Basaldi, and percussionist April Centrone, with an *all new* digital design by video artist Eva Auster! The digital premiere will be livestreamed by The Carver Community Cultural Center on May 1st (8pm Central time), with a live interactive chat. You can also watch the video through May 11th, then join us for a post-show dialogue with the ensemble at Reflection Session #9. Ticket info coming soon! Check The Carver's website for ticket updates: https://thecarver.org/event/eleven-reflections-september-2021/

Fall 2014 - Concert Tour: Eleven Reflections on September

The Fall 2014 Concert Tour included performances at: - FeLiNo XII (Northwest Festival of Literature), CECUT, Mexico (Nov 2014) - “Global Fridays” at the Arab American National Museum, Dearborn MI (Sept 2014) - Barness Recital Hall, University of South Florida (USF, Sept 2014)

Fall 2011 - National Performance Network (NPN) & The Carpetbag Theatre

The Fall 2011 performance tour included: - Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa FL, in conjunction with the National Performance Network (NPN) Annual Meeting (Dec 2011) & - The Carpetbag Theatre, Knoxville TN (Oct 2011)

2011 PREMIERE @ Pangea World Theatre

Eleven Reflections on September was originally commissioned by & premiered at Pangea World Theater‘s 2011 Alternate Visions Festival, supported in part by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Theater Fellowship program, the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency program, and United States Artists.

Work-in-Progress: Grotowski Institute, Bowery Poetry Club, Hedgebrook & more!

Early readings & work-in-progress performances of Eleven Reflections on September were featured at CECUT (Mexico 2010); the Zero Budget Festival, organized by the WorkCenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards (Wroclaw, Poland, November 2009); the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC (October 2007); and the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center (April 2007). Excerpts and work-in-progress showings have also been performed at DIWAN Forum for the Arts (CUNY 2011); the BAAD! Ass Women’s Festival (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance, 2011); the RAWI Conference (Ann Arbor, MI 2010); the Alternate ROOTS Annual Meeting (2008); and Hedgebrook’s NYC alumnae gathering (2007). Some poems from this series have been translated and published in English in Mizna (USA) and Scarf Magazine (UK); and in Spanish translation in Mexico.