Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life
Written and Performed by Keith Alessi
Quivering Dendrites - Vancouver, BC
V.17 - PTE - Colin Jackson Studio 
An inspirational true story of overcoming life's challenges told with story, music and humour. Three awards at the 2019 NYC Frigid Fringe. "a gem in New York City's off-off Broadway scene" - The Paper, NYC "Funny, beautiful and deeply affecting" - Vancouver Presents "You should absolutely see this show. It was raw, authentic and beautiful. " - Theatre Addicts, Vancouver

Keith Alessi

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12
$10 Matinees, Students, Seniors, Fringe performers, Kids (12 & Under)



No warnings

Accessibility: Low vision / blind
Wed July 17 10:15 PM*
*(2 for $12)
Thu July 18 8:15 PM
Fri July 19 10:00 PM
Sat July 20 8:15 PM
Sun July 21 8:15 PM
Mon July 22 4:15 PM
Tue July 23 10:00 PM
Wed July 24 4:15 PM
Thu July 25 8:15 PM
Fri July 26 4:15 PM
Sat July 27 10:00 PM
Sun July 28 2:00 PM

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life

Quivering Dendrites—PTE – Colin Jackson Studio

I was told to see this by performers who had loved this. I’m so glad I listened! I love, love, love this man! A touching, soul-baring true life (has to be as he said so 3 times) tale about mental health through banjo playing. The title really says it all. Uncomfortable stepping outside himself, CPA Keith Alessi realized that true bluegrass meant jamming; and that meant having to join other folks. Besides being a talented musician and wonderfully warm story teller, he’s just a genuinely nice person with a true appreciation of the banjo. He humorously shares how he overcame some personality traits that were holding him back from fulfilling his life, through finally learning to play the instruments he was hoarding in his closet. I won’t spoil it but let’s just say he has some of the most memorable banjo jokes.

Keith mentioned the Jenny first, as the place to send reviews! Yay for us!

Buzz has it that he is planning to donate some, or all of the proceeds from his shows to some, yet unnamed charity, as he is not hard up for cash. I spoke to him after the show, sharing the story of our Winnipeg bluegrass friend, Dave Nishikawa, of the Magnificent 7’s, who was left for dead in a hit and run bike accident, and never fully regained his magnificent banjo skills. Keith sincerely promised to check them out. A real, warm and personable guy.

Lisa Campbell

Quivering Dendrites

Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life—PTE – Colin Jackson Studio

4 star review in Regina! 4 time award winning!

This unique one-man show is the story of Keith Alessi in his multi-cultural boyhood, meteoric rise in the boardroom to the startling news that changed his life forever. He candidly reveals to his audience how he used that obstacle to find a new passion in music and a cathartic outlet in storytelling.

“A gem in New York City’s Off- Off Broadway Scene.”-The paper (NYC)