Reserve Champion

solo performance · dessert theater inc. · Ages 12+ · United States of America

family friendly one person show world premiere


The TVolution declares it a GOLD MEDAL WINNER! “The show succeeds in touching the funny bone while tugging on the heart stings. An endearing work, with a delicacy and brevity of a haiku.”

Julio Martinez from Bitter Lemons says, “Piehler’s understated, self-deprecating humor and comedically ungainly physical mannerisms play well…. What Piehler does very well, under director Thomas O’Leary’s well-paced guidance, is pull the audience into the world of competitive riding, from the point of view of a child…. Humor-filled recollections of mishaps, miscues, utter failures and eventual triumphs are entwined within a boy’s gradual realization of the world around him and his place in it…. The audience could have easily spent another 10 or 15 minutes in Piehler’s company.”

After the death of his beloved grandfather, 9-year-old Chris becomes terrified of his own mortality. Then he meets a skittish pony named Atom Ant. As two boys competing in English horse shows dominated by rich little girls, they learn that the world’s not as scary when you put yourself second.

This is a Dessert Theater production, so every audience member will get a free cookie, cake, or chocolate robot homemade by writer/performer/dessert maker Christopher Piehler.

Production Team

* Fringe Veteran