Iona Flies Away

Written and directed by Tanisha Christie
Featuring Original Music by Kelly Erin Sloan and Chris Vega

Friday, May 11, 2018 | 8:00pm 

Tickets: $20 / $15 / $10 [HERE]
(sliding scale, general seating) 


On summer’s sweltering days, a young Iona heads to the beach on a family outing with Daddy, Brother, Mama and Uncle – who always shows up. Even though the sandy shores and the seagulls swirling satiate Iona’s lonely soul, she is already aware that her skin color and gender might have marked her. While younger Brother can ‘do no wrong’, Iona’s path is unclear. Her Daddy is a respite but Mama is mostly unforgiving, especially toward Iona as she comes of age. After one argument with Mama too many, a teenaged Iona chooses to find her own way into the next chapters of her sometimes crude and luckily serendipitous journey. Told with song and story through the voices of her ‘conscious/unconscious’ Iona Flies Away is about a young black girl who grows into a woman. She is seeking love and significance because in life, hopefully, that’s what happens.


Iona Files Away is a storytelling/music project in progress

Artist Bio

Tanisha Christie is an interdisciplinary performing artist and filmmaker. She has performed, produced, directed and taught in traditional and non-traditional spaces in the U.S. and Panama. A member of Actors Equity she holds a BFA Theatre (Arizona State University), an MA-Media Studies (The New School) and has an LMSW in Clinical Practice (Hunter College). She was a 2015 Target Margin Institute Fellow, a 2018 residence artist with the Second Ward Foundation in Hudson, NY and  has recently become the Artist in Residence with Spaceworks. She was a 2017 MAP grantee sponsored by BAX for bathtub a performance installation tackling state sanctioned violence, collective grief and intimacy; the next iteration to be seen in Hudson in June and July of 2018. She is producing Brave Girls a documentary about young women in India. Nope, she doesn’t sleep.

Photo Credit: JD Urban
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