What the critics are saying about PIE SOLO:
“Portraying himself, Winter delivers his text in a frank, sincere tone. He neither falls on his sword, nor does he hide from the audience [...] Winter’s tap dancing skills transcend performance and create a rich metaphor [...] Pioneer Winter’s charismatic presence and the show’s moments of clarity and humor make for an interesting performance.” – Mia Leonin, Miami Herald/Artburst Miami
“Whatever you think of his youth, it is impossible not to climb the peaks and sink into the depths of all that Winter portrays from his quarter-century life [...] In contrast to the more humorous episodes, and in a segment where artifice moves into uncomfortable reality, Winter flogs himself with a paint-mixing stick like a penitent monk of old. After apologizing for his age, his queerness, his lack of activism — among other self-professed faults — he smacks his arm with enough force to break the plank several times and then takes the remaining jagged edge of the wood and bores it into the bare flesh of his chest, leaving the visible marks of this instrument of self-flagellation. From Magdalena to penitent, the theme of the subservient sinner seeking absolution continues to echo [...] Despite the many compelling and entertaining aspects that swim between projected media and live performance, the true heart of this piece lives in the interactive dialogue, when Winter shares those intimate stories, a quarter-life of defending just being ‘other.’” – Miguel Angel Estefan, Jr., Miami New Times
Miami Herald / Artburst Miami
Miami New Times
MIAMI THEATER CENTER PRESENTS PIONEER WINTER’S WORLD-PREMIERE CONTEMPORARY ONE-MAN SHOW — EXPLORES FAITH, QUEERNESS IN MTC’S SANDBOX, MARCH 15-30, 2013
MIAMI SHORES, February 18, 2013 — Miami Theater Center is delighted to announce the upcoming performances of Miami native Pioneer Winter’s world-premiere reinterpretation of the “one-man show,” Pie Solo. Performances, which are part of Miami Theater Center’s SandBox Series, take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, March 15 through March 30 at MTC’s SandBox space, located at 9816 NE 2nd Avenue. Tickets are $20 and group rates are available. To purchase, call 305-751-9550 or visit www.mtcmiami.org.
Pioneer Winter calls his multimedia work Pie Solo a “quarter-life” interpretation of the classic one-man show, to which he added an updated, personal touch to engage a contemporary mature audience. “While in traditional one-man shows, the performer regales the audience with humorous anecdotes, snappy dance routines, and music, my take is slightly darker and sexual, although there are funny moments,” said Winter. “In Pie Solo, I combine anecdotes, tap and contemporary dance, and music to illustrate the story of a young performer who straddles the line between exhaustion and exhilaration.”
The work stretches definitions and perceptions, reexamining faith in religion and culture from the vantage points of sexuality, age and queerness. It draws the audience into an intimate and interactive dialogue blending humor, isolation and anecdote. A fantasy-like film sequence anchors the work, allowing Winter to explore the interplay of reality and fantasy through simultaneous projected media and live performance. “The way I use projections in the work allows me to play with the sense of reality and fantasy, that idea of multiplicity,” said Winter. Other elements of the performance include tap dancing and stripping. The performance contains adult language and nudity.
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Pie Solo runs March 15, 2013 through March 30, 2013 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm. All performances are at Miami Theater Center’s SandBox, located at 9816 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Shores, FL 33138. Tickets are $20 and group rates are available. Call 305-751-9550 or visit www.mtcmiami.org to purchase tickets. Please be advised: this performance contains nudity and adult language.
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The SandBox Series, a program of MTCperformance, nurtures innovative contemporary artists by extending to them MTC’s commitment to quality, rigor, and high production values. MTC provides SandBox Series artists with a stipend, the opportunity to rehearse and present their work – an investment equivalent to 100 hours – in MTC’s SandBox, a 70-person black box performance space. In-depth individual professional support is also provided.