XML and TextArea

I’m having trouble getting my parsed xml into a textArea component. If I use a dynamic text field with the following code, it works fine… I’d like to use the textArea, but something is strange…

function createSlides(slide_nodes, x, y) {
this.createEmptyMovieClip(“slideContainer”, 1);
for (var i = 0; i<slide_nodes.childNodes.length; i++) {
var theContent = “”;
theChild = slide_nodes.childNodes*;
for (var j = 0; j<theChild.childNodes.length; j++) {
theContent += theChild.childNodes[j];
currentSlide = slideContainer.attachMovie(“slideMC”, “slideMC”+i, i);
currentSlide._x = x;
currentSlide._y = y+i*currentSlide._height;
currentSlide.textBox.text = theContent;

All the necessary movie clips are created correctly, in order, with the textArea, but no text shows. I have quadruple-checked the instance name.
Any thoughts?