Reflection Sessions

2nd Tuesday of every month
6-7:30pm Central / 7-8:30pm Eastern

In September 2020, Art2Action and The Carver Community Cultural Center launched a year-long series of "Reflection Sessions" leading up to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. These live, online events are interactive, art-based dialogue sessions reflecting on our nation, and the world, in the post-9/11 era. Each session will be grounded in a performance excerpt from Eleven Reflections on September, by Arab American theatre artist Andrea Assaf, with special guest speakers and artists, creative prompts, and facilitated dialogue. Our special guests include:

  • September 8, 2020: That Day - James Scruggs, Playwright, Performer & Media Artist

  • October 13: Aftermath - S.T. Shimi, Playwright & Performance Artist

  • November 10 : Endless War - Garett Reppenhagen, Executive Director of Veterans for Peace

  • December 8: Jasmine Revolution - Karim Hamdy & Laura Rice, Scholars & Translators

  • January 12, 2021: Tahrir - Dalia Basiouny, Playwright, Activist & Theatre-Maker

  • February 9: ALERT! - Nimo H. Farah, Poet & Organizer, co-presented by the Arab American National Museum

  • March 9: Judgment - Heather Raffo, Playwright & Actress

  • April 13: This Woman, This Sea - SPECIAL GUEST To Be Announced soon...

  • April 11: Post-Script - Dialogue with the Eleven Reflections on September ensemble, following our May 1st virtual performance at The Carver!

  • And more, the 2nd Tuesday of every month through September 2021

To​ Register for Reflection Sessions, visit our Events page!


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. The annual witnessing of autumn leaves becomes a metaphor for the fallen. This trans-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 peace organizations.

In 2021, we will re-create this project as a large-scale, community-based, devised performance directed, by Andrea Assaf, engaging Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) and Muslim American artists and allies in San Antonio, Texas. Commissioned by The Carver, 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 20th anniversary of 9/11.




Eleven Reflections on September is an Art2Action production, commissioned by Pangea World Theater‘s 2011 Alternate Visions Festival, and supported in part by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Theater Fellowship program, the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency program, and United States Artists. The New York premiere was presented by La MaMa ETC, in association with Art2Action and Hi-ARTS, with the generous support of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA Special Projects grant, and the Puffin Foundation (2015). REFLECTION SESSIONS are supported by The Carver Community Cultural Center.

November 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, 2020 - Eleven Reflections: The Concert @ The Carver Cultural Center

Eleven Reflections on September is back! A concert performance at The Carver Community Cultural Center launches a *NEW* city-specific devised theatre process, throughout 2020-2021... Catch the Concert & stay tuned for more!

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