Up Next: Threads created & performed by Tonya Jone Miller

An invisible red thread connects those destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break.
Chinese Proverb

In August of 1968, a farm girl from rural Indiana stepped off a plane in Saigon, Vietnam.  The people and events that led her there, and her subsequent adventures, make for an extraordinary tale that proves the truth can be stranger than fiction.

Many people have told the history of the Vietnam War: servicemen and women on both sides, government and diplomatic workers, journalists, Vietnamese civilians.  Donna Miller was none of these things.  She chose to go to Vietnam, alone, at the height of the conflict.  She went to teach English at the Buddhist University in Saigon, but she ended up doing so much more.

From being held at gunpoint on her very first night in-country, to adopting an entire family of Vietnamese orphans, Donna’s unique perspective and experiences form a theatrical narrative that is both universal and intensely personal.  Hers is not a war story; it’s a life story.

Based on a series of interviews with the playwright’s mother, Threads celebrates the humor, hope and love that get us through tragedy.  Matt Palm of the Orlando Sentinel says the show “quietly and effectively builds to a truly emotional conclusion,” while Michael Freeman of Freeline Media raves its “captivating for the entire hour, in no small part to Tonya’s spellbinding performance.”

Join us following the performance on June 21st for a discussion with the playwright and her mother, the subject of Threads. Graciously catered by Lela’s bistro.


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