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A2A Originals

A2A ORIGINALS, an ongoing development program for new performance works by Black, Indigenous, and artists of color, women, LGBTQ2+ artists, and artists with disabilities engaging communities in moving from art to action. These are some of our original works available for touring.

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A Transdisciplinary Theatre Project by Andrea Assaf

The journey of a drone pilot leads to an encounter with survivors of U.S. drone strikes—an encounter of worlds, in which the “drone” in global music forms a sonic backdrop to high-tech militarization.

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Sokwe: Look Human

An Immersive Multimedia Performance

Sokwe: Look Human transports participants to a world of chimpanzees and conservation, asking us to examine what it means to be human, to appear human, to make a humanistic choice… and what it means to face extinction.

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Eleven Reflections on September

A Multimedia Performance / Digital Film

A 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.          

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Outside the Circle

A play by Andrea Assaf & Samuel Valdez

A play about unrequited love, and what happens to love when we internalize society’s phobias. Parallel, interweaving tales reveal the illusions of normalcy, and the liberation possible when choosing life…outside the circle.

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At Water's Edge / Al
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By Celeste Miller & Dora Arreola

A bilingual dance theatre and dance work with storytelling and live music exploring the shifting of borders / edges / filos, the natural and political forces that shape them, and women who resist.

Commissioned Works

In addition to creating new works, we also commission and support the development of new work by artists we believe in, and whose work is aligned with our mission. Here are a few of the projects we have commissioned.

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A Dance Without A Name – Ouroboros

by Nejla Yatkin

An interactive, evening-length theatrical solo dance that resurrects and centers the ancient healing symbol of Ouroboros, taking the audience on a journey of memory, place, and current paradoxes about society’s relationship to dance and language.

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OFF THE RECORD: Acts of Restorative Justice

By James Scruggs

A theatrical intervention that actually changes lives. Due to the over-policing of BIPOC people in the US, Black people are five times more likely to be convicted of a crime. What would an honest attempt to restore justice look like, one person at a time?

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Queering the Border: Que el amor nos haga

By Dora Arreola

A new movement theatre work created and directed by Dora Arreola, Artistic Director of Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, in collaboration with artists and communities living at the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity and the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Migration Play Cycle

By Heather Raffo

An ever-expanding narrative following migration and the global economy as we approach the moment when all populations will have to confront not only global migration, but their own.

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The Seasoned Woman

By Andrea "Vocab" Sanderson & Lubana Al Quntar

A multidisciplinary, multicultural work combining poetry, music, and soaring vocals of reimagined jazz standards through the cultural and musical influences of the collaborating artists—including R&B, hip-hop, opera, and Middle Eastern music.

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