Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life

Award-winning, one-man show ‘Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life,’ to Hold Over In Edmonton!

The inspirational, humorous and internationally toured one-man show created by entrepreneur Keith Alessi comes off a highly successful,
sell-out run at the Edmonton and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals this year!

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, August 28 @ 7:00pm, Thursday August 29 @ 7:00pm, Friday August 30 @ 7:00pm, Saturday August 31 @ 2:00pm, Saturday August 31 @ 7:00pm.  

Locations: Holy Trinity Church 10037 84 Avenue, NW, Edmonton, AB.

Tickets are available online HERE , By phone:  780-420-1757 Or Cash at the Door

Regular Price $12, Students and Seniors $10

This event is graciously supporting the Trinity Youth Project, a program that helps to support disadvantaged youth.

After a major life-changing event caused a high-flying corporate CEO to suddenly retire and re-evaluate what’s important in life, a banjo-picking storyteller was created with a message of resilience, hope and perseverance. Now, he tells his inspiring story at Fringe Festivals and shows in the US, Canada and earlier this month, in the UK at the 2019 Brighton Fringe Festival.

‘Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life,’ written and performed by Keith Alessi, is an award-winning and highly reviewed one-man show that has been touring North American since June of 2018 after it premiered in Chicago, Illinois. He tells the story of 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.

At the 2019 New York City Frigid Fringe Festival, it received three awards, including Most Inspirational Show. Below are some reviews from that standout performance:

“An honest telling of one man’s journey. Alessi’s performance manages to be warm, tear-jerking, and humorous all at once – a gem in New York City’s off-off-Broadway scene.” ~ The Paper, NYC

“Alessi’s story is straightforward, vulnerable and heartwarming.” ~ Ed Malin, Theater Is Easy, NYC

“You should absolutely come and see this performance. It was raw and authentic and beautiful.” ~ Brieanna Fiander, Vancouver Theatre Addicts

2019 Hold Over Show/ Edmonton Fringe Festival Presents: A Quivering Dendrites Production


Written & Performed by Keith Alessi, Produced & Dramaturge by Erika Conway
Press Rep: Erika Conway:, 780-934-3885