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Eleven Reflections on September

Poetry, Spoken Word, Multimedia Performance

Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 8pm

Jo Long Theatre | $26

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“…richly collaborative contributions of singular women’s voices illuminates the anti-war message at the root of Assaf’s poetry.”
– Lisa Traiger, D.C. Dance Watcher


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 written since 2001. 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 performance features writing and direction by Andrea Assaf, as well as an all-women Middle Eastern music ensemble including Syrian opera singer Lubana Al Quntar, violinist Eylem Basaldi and percussionist April Centrone.

In this new work, the six ladies of the Eastwood transform into the matrons of the Eastwood Diner, located on the corner of Noland and Pine. Through enchanting performances of favorite standards from various decades and through the power of spoken word, we are drawn into the captivating world of the diner, where divas from all walks of life find their way to the diner to embark on a journey of exploration and revelation; celebrating and challenging the perceptions of what it truly means to be a Diva. In the telling of their stories, we see ourselves reflected. These are our stories…the story of our people.

Eleven Reflections on September was originally scheduled for May 16, 2020. However, the performance had to be rescheduled due to the global pandemic. Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored for the new date with no further action is required at this time. Inquiries regarding refunds should be directed to the point on purchase.