Get Tusiata Safely to Wild Dogs New York
Support Tusiata Avia to travel to New York for her play Wild Dogs Under My Skirt Off-Broadway.Canterbury
Please support Tusiata to travel to New York with a companion to assist her.
Tusiata Avia is a renowned poet, performer and writer, now based back in Ōtautahi Christchurch - her home town. Between 2002 - 2008, Tusiata performed her one-woman show, Wild Dogs Under My Skirt, around the world. In 2016 this became a multi award- winning play for six women, and in January 2020, the production will play Off-Broadway at SoHo Playhouse in New York - a once in a lifetime opportunity!
Tusiata's list of literary achievements and publications is remarkable. However, what's often left out of her bio is that she's also a solo mum, and in recent years, her epilepsy has become more impactful on her life. This means that, whilst she's still producing new writing and taking on work where she can, she is unable to work full time. Travelling alone within Aotearoa in the past twelve months, Tusiata has had a number of head injuries, triggered by seizures. These have often happened at airports.
The production of Wild Dogs Under My Skirt in New York is a culmination of 18 years of Tusiata's work. After careful consideration, as well as consultation with health practitioners, her friends and aiga, Tusiata has decided to make the trip to New York. She will be accompanied by a friend who will travel with her and assist her during the international transits to ensure her safety and wellbeing.
Any support you can offer to get Tusiata to see her play light up Broadway would be most gratefully received.
Fa'afetai tele lava, thank you!
More about Wild Dogs Under My Skirt:
Photo: Raymond Sagapolutele - feat. The Wild Dogs Under My Skirt cast.
Khye Hitchcock's involvement (page creator)
Tusiata is a dear friend of mine and I'd love to see her get to New York safely!
Use of funds
Funds will primarily be used for return airfares New York for Tusiata and a support companion, with any additional funding covering other costs associated with the trip.
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The support over the first couple of days of this fundraiser has been incredible, thank you everyone!
Just a quick note to let you all know that any additional funds raised above the original target (which covers international airfares), will go toward expenses such as travel insurance premiums and travel within New York.
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This page was created on 30 Oct 2019 and closed on 30 Nov 2019.