The PlayGround Theatre's name may have changed to Miami Theater Center, but the mission, in part, remains the same: the production of intelligent, sophisticated, uncompromising children's theater that adults can appreciate too. With this MO in mind, the PlayGround Theatre in 2011 premiered The Red Thread, a motley and artful adaptation of the Chinese folktale "The Magical Embroidery," about a workaholic craftsman, his unfinished masterpiece, and the internecine warfare it prompted among his three daughters. It being a fairy tale from the Far East, the three sisters' minds, bodies, and spirits underwent changes in a rollicking adventure that offered fun and edification for audiences of all ages. The Red Thread was such an unqualified success for the company that its co-creators, Ansin and Calzadilla, have revived and revamped it for MTC. Original cast members Troy Davidson and Marjorie O'Neill Butler will join seven other performers in a mystical trip to feudal China, complete with ornate costumes, elegant sets, and bold lighting.
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