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Tue, Aug 10


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Reflection Session #12: Summer Rain

Our August episode of the Reflection Sessions features Lebanese American playwright and actress Leila Buck, with excerpts of her original works, plus the poem "Summer Rain" from the Eleven Reflections series (new digital film version!). Presented by The Carver Community Cultural Center.

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Reflection Session #12: Summer Rain
Reflection Session #12: Summer Rain

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Aug 10, 2021, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

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Reflection Session #12: Summer Rain

Special Guest: Leila Buck

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

6-7:30pm Central / 7-8:30pm Eastern

Our August episode of the Reflection Sessions features Lebanese American playwright and actress Leila Buck, with excerpts of her original works. This episode will include discussion of Lebanon's recovery efforts, solidarity with Palestine, the role of playwrights and artists in activism, and more. Plus, we'll screen the new digital film version of poem "Summer Rain" by Andrea Assaf, from the Eleven Reflections series.

More about Leila:

Leila Buck is a Lebanese American playwright, actor, facilitator and educator. Her plays include American Dreams (Dir. Tamilla Woodard:  Cleveland Public Theater; virtual tour: The Working Theater, Round House, Marin, Hartford Stage, Salt Lake Acting Co., ASU-Gammage; Drama League nomination, Outstanding Interactive Online Theater), In the Crossing(Dir. Shana Gold: developed at the Public Theater, Culture Project, NYTW and Brooklyn Museum), and Hkeelee: Talk to Me (Dir. Shana Gold: Mosaic Theater at Arena Stage, & multiple international venues). Currently she is developing the plays Mix & Match under commission from En Garde Arts; 1001 Nights (A Retelling) commissioned by California Shakespeare Theatre, co-written with director Evren Odcikin (2020 Kilroys List); and Carry You, a commission from Noor Theatre. Leila has lived, performed, and taught theatrical tools for literacy, conflict resolution, and intercultural engagement to youth, educators, trainers, aid workers, UN delegates and others across the U.S., Europe, China, Australia and 11 Arab countries.  As artist-in-residence for Wesleyan University’s Doris Duke Foundation Building Bridges grant she created interactive work with students about the (mis)representation of Muslims in the U.S., and received the Edgar Beckham Social Justice Award. Her work is featured in American Theatre; Stages of Resistance; Innovation in Five Acts; Etching Our Own Image: Voices from the Arab American Art Movement and Four Arab-American Plays.  She teaches Creation and Representation in U.S. Theater at NYU, from which she holds a Master’s in Theatre for Cross Cultural Education.  Fox Fellow - TCG; Inaugural Emerging Writers Group – Public Theater; MEA Writers Group - Lark Play Development Center; Usual Suspect  - New York Theatre Workshop.

This event is part of a year-long series of Reflection Sessions held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Launched in September 2020 by Art2Action and the Carver Community Cultural Center, this series will continue through the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 later this year, in conjunction with our 2021 community-engaged theatre project "Eleven Reflections on the Nation: San Antonio." These online    sessions are live, interactive, art-based, participatory events    reflecting on our nation in the post-9/11 era. Each session is  grounded   in a performance excerpt from Eleven Reflections on September, by Andrea Assaf, with guest artists, creative prompts, and facilitated dialogue.

Save the Dates for full "Reflection Sessions" series:

2nd Tuesday of each month, through September 2021

6-7:30pm Central / 7-8:30pm Eastern

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