Win Tickets ($30): THREADS – The True Story of an Indiana Farm Girl in Viet Nam | Fertile Ground Festival

Portland's Fertile Ground Festival is almost here and we are giving away 5 pairs of tickets ($30/pair) for the Sunday, January 30th show of Threads. To win, comment below on why you would like to attend. Winners will be drawn and emailed on Monday, January 24.

From press release:
Threads1THREADS: The True Story of an Indiana Farm Girl in Viet Nam
Written and performed by Tonya Jone Miller
Directed by Sean Bowie

January 27 – February 12, 2011
8pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
6pm Sundays

@ The Headwaters (
55 NE Farragut Street #9, Portland, OR, 97217
Tickets: $15 at the door or online at Hula Hub

In August of 1968, a farm girl from rural Indiana stepped off a plane in Saigon, Viet Nam. The people and events that led her there and her subsequent adventures make for an extraordinary tale from a unique perspective that has never been shared before.

The history of the Viet Nam war has been told by many people: 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 Viet Nam, alone, in the middle of the war.  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 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 the life of the playwright's mother, Threads is a one-woman show illustrating and illuminating how interconnected we human beings are, how we never know the influence a seemingly small action might have, and how in the span of an instant some people can change our lives forever.

*Fertile Ground 2011 festival pass-holders can reserve seats online for free
**Festival pass valid only for Threads performances 1/27-2/6

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26 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): THREADS – The True Story of an Indiana Farm Girl in Viet Nam | Fertile Ground Festival

  1. Ashley January 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    This sounds like a really amazing story and I would love to see this! I am the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and work with many Vietnam Vets in my job… I think it would be great to hear from another perspective.

  2. Eli January 17, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I think this would be an incredibly unique experience I would love to take part in

  3. Laura January 17, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    This sounds great! I’d love to check out the new venue, too. I have friends vacationing in ‘Nam now, and always wondered how the Vietnamese felt about the USA, esp. after the horrid war.

  4. Duy Mai January 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I would love to attend because this would be an awesome opportunity for me to experience because I am Vietnamese. It is always great to hear stories about Vietnam since I was born in the U.S. and never visited Vietnam. It’s even more intriguing due to the fact that the person involved is an American.

  5. Leonard January 17, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    What a unique story. I’d love to see the play!

  6. Ben U. January 17, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    I would be interested in seeing this event because my aunt is Vietnamese and moved to Oregon from Ho Chi Minh City a few years ago. I would be really intersted to hear about the experiences of an American going to Vietnam.

  7. Argion Dadulla January 17, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Sounds like an interesting story! I would like to witness this show and um goin to bring along a Vietnamese friend.

  8. Gigi Le January 17, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    My husband and I are both first generation Vietnamese Americans who were born during the war and we’d love to hear more insight into it.

  9. Lisa January 17, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    This would be a really neat event to attend, especially if I could take my friend for FREE who is going to Viet Nam. THANKS PDX pipeline.

  10. VaLera Washburn January 17, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    Wow! How wonderful this would be to attend. I was just surfing for free things to do within my limited retiree budget. What a great way to hear more than what we were told.

  11. Noa January 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm #

    I used to live in Vietnam (as an ex pat) and I’d love to see this!

  12. nora January 18, 2011 at 12:18 am #

    What a fascinating story! Just shows that life is stranger than fiction. My family was divided by this war- some fought, some protested. I would love to see this!

  13. Amanda Elder January 18, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    This story rings very true to me, as I also grew up on a farm in Indiana. Much like Tonya, I have temptation for adventure. When fate finally lined up, I found myself wondering through Brazil for a five month stint. Through encountering more tragedy and beauty within the countries wilderness and cities alike, my appreciate for the personal process and perspective of new experiences has grown and grown…
    I would like to attend this amazing event with someone I hold very dear to my heart, whom I met while in South America. We have a deep shared love of culture, performance, and narrative story telling. He is the love of my life, and we have spent two years apart, until last week when he arrived in the U.S. for the first time. Fate?

  14. mykar January 18, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Interesting. I want to go.

  15. Kelvin January 20, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    My girlfriend and I love to see more about Viet Nam. If it is a true story. let’s go.

  16. Bill Weismann January 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm #

    I would love to see this play….and gain a different perspective…..Vietnam is more than just the war of my youth.

  17. Alyssa January 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    While I do not have a family member who is from Vietnam, my father’s co-worker and best friend just married a woman from Vietnam and my mother is from Elkhart, Indiana. I feel like if you combine these two, along with my thirst for really wanting to see this movie, a lack of funds, a free schedule on January 30th, and my family (4 others + me) coming to Portland that night…. as a perfect recipient for five free tickets. Right? :)

  18. Josh January 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    What a fantastic plot line… and I love theater! Please pick me!

  19. Chad Snow January 22, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    lots of good reasons to send lots of good people. hmn, what’s my take? my grandparents lived in gas city, indiana? my sister is married to a dairy farmer in minnesota? i like vietnamese food and doubt the necessity of the viet nam war? i used to do theater (ok, musicals, too) in high school? lots of good reasons.

    in my opinion, good theatre ( <– notice sophisticated spelling), nay theatre of consequence and culture can be oft be difficult to find. i believe tanya jone miller is onto something. assist me in reconnecting with great theatre and my long forgotten on stage roots. thank you, and good night!

  20. Kelly G January 22, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    I’ve heard stories of Viet Nam from friends who have been there during and after the war. Viet Nam is an eerie, yet fascinating place, and each story I hear fills in a piece of the puzzle that was and is Viet Nam. I would love to experience this play and see her perspective of the county she once lived in.

  21. chris January 24, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I think Fertile Ground is such a great concept. I would love to go and see Threads.

  22. Luciana January 24, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    The draw is today, am I too late? I think this play deserves to be seen, I hope to win a pass!

  23. Tiffany January 25, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    I love learning about peoples experiences and about the world around me. I would very much like to go see this.

  24. Lynn January 27, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    We all need constant reminders of the strings that connect us. Sounds amazing. I am there.

  25. Darek January 28, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    After reading Fire in the Lake, by Frances Fitzgerald, I have been fascinated by the lesser known experiences and stories of the war. Now that the end of the cold war is a few decades behind us, we are beginning to hear, read, and learn more about the war from multiple viewpoints. Hence, I would love to attend this show to engage history through an artistic medium.

  26. Teresa Coates February 11, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    When I dropped into Vietnam it was 2006 and I can only imagine it wasn’t anything like her experience (though I had quite a few adventures). I’d love to go and see what her time there was like comparatively.

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