Threads is the incredible true story of Donna Jean Miller – the playwright’s mother – and her experiences in America and Vietnam during much of the 60s and 70s.
Should you see it?
It’s not often a play leaves me sobbing (albeit as quietly as I can) in the theatre. Rarer still is a play powerful enough to leave me trembling. And I’m not talking metaphorically here – I’m talking actual “I need to sit down” trembling. Yup, I was that person. I’m not sure why this story struck me as hard as it did, and I’d be curious to know if anyone else had the same reaction, but there’s no denying it hit me right in the heart.
Spanning well over a decade (1962-1979), Threads chronicles the fascinating adventures of Donna Jean Miller and her time in America and Vietnam during a period of rising conflict. Jumping forwards and backwards through time, this play paints a captivating portrait of a young, empathetic woman who jumps into life headfirst, forever changed by the connections she makes both near and far.
Taken in isolation, her experiences may not be unique. Taken together, these years of Donna’s life make for a story I feel privileged to have heard. To think it may have gone untold. Bravo to Tonya Jone Miller’s writing and phenomenal performance. She brought such strong emotion and love to this piece. It was abundantly clear this was a story told from the heart. The best kind.
At this point, your Fringe schedule is likely getting pretty full, but I strongly recommend you clear some time to take in Threads!
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Were you moved by the story? Were you impressed by Tonya Jone Miller’s heart-felt performance? Join the discussion and tell me what you think in the comments below!