A Thousand Words
C. Neil Parsons - Somerville, MA
V.8 - The Rachel Browne Theatre 
In 1969, Chris Parsons served as a combat photographer in Vietnam. Combining his pictures with original music and dance, trombonist C. Neil Parsons (Fruit Flies Like a Banana) recounts tales of danger, resilience, and the thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to.

“It’s unlikely anyone will forget the tragic beauty of this very personal story of one man that resonates with the loss of thousands.” – Plays With John & Wendy

C. Neil Parsons

Show Info:
75 Minutes


Parental Guidance

Warnings: Coarse language, Wartime photography and disturbing images

Thu July 14 2:45 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Fri July 15 6:15 PM
Sat July 16 4:45 PM
Sun July 17 9:30 PM
Wed July 20 11:15 AM
Thu July 21 6:00 PM
Fri July 22 2:45 PM
Sat July 23 4:15 PM
Sun July 24 7:45 PM

A Thousand Words

C. Neil Parsons—The Rachel Browne Theatre

This very moving performance by C. Neil Parsons is also a very personal one. It weaves together stories and pictures from his father’s time serving in Vietnam with some of his own stories of injury and trauma that he has experienced, with an interpretive dance and musical performance on trombone after each story.

A lot of thought has gone into the structure, he has taken the phrase “a picture is worth one thousand words” and broken down his own stories so the sum of all their words adds up to that number. The combination of the two sets of stories with the artistic interpretation arranged into separate chapters was really well done. The photographs from his father also provide a unique look into life as a soldier.

A fascinating look at the effects of trauma and how it can shape your life.

Murray Hunter