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Threads, the very true story of an Indiana farm girl in Vietnam
08/05/2012 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
08/06/2012 - 8:30pm - 9:30pm
08/08/2012 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
08/09/2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
08/11/2012 - 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Threads, the true story of an Indiana farm girl in Vietnam, will make its Midwest premiere in August at the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival. Written and performed by Tonya Jone Miller, the one-woman show recently played to standing ovations and rave reviews at the Orlando International Fringe Festival.
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 it’s “captivating for the entire hour, in no small part to Tonya’s spellbinding performance.”
Threads is a haunting reminder of how connected we are, how we never know the influence a seemingly small action might have, and how in the span of an instant, some people change our lives forever.
Tickets $12 (plus one-time purchase of $4 Minnesota Fringe Festival button)
U of M Rarig Center Arena
330 21st Avenue S, Second Floor