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
Neil’s performance is raw and beautiful, as he gently brings you into both his and his fathers life stories as they intertwine. His inclusion of the trombone adds to emotional tone of the play and his use of it as a second voice was powerful. Neil’s dance performances throughout the show allow the audience to emotionally process some of the content. There was an impressive moment when he is doing a side plank while playing the trombone.
This is a show I feel I need to see again to really digest it. Thank you for being so vulnerable in your art Neil.