“Train Wreck”

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train wreck

What does it mean?

– an incident in which a train is severely damaged (source: The Free Dictionary)

– something or someone who has suffered ruin or calamity (source: The Free Dictionary)

– a disaster or failure, especially one that is unstoppable or unavoidable (source: A Way With Words)

– a disorganized, problematic, or chaotic person or thing (source: A Way With Words)

– an incongruous situation (source: A Way With Words)

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Oral Fixation Heads Into Season 4!

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Hola!

After our busy summer break planning and plotting, we’re all set to kick off our fourth season with seven even juicicer, truthier tales on the theme “Go With the Flow” — at not one but two venues! How exciting is that!? Also exciting: Our headliner for the show is Nayrok Udab, the hysterical stand-up comedienne sister of Dallas treasure Erykah Badu, who will share tidbits from her phase with lesbianism.

Additionally, the audience will hear about a whitewater rafting adventure gone awry, the story of coming to terms with incurable cancer, a reflection on going through adolescence without a mother, and so much more.

It all takes place Monday, October 13, at the Wyly Theatre downtown in the Dallas Arts District, and then again in Oak Cliff two nights later, on Wednesday, October 15, at The Texas Theatre. (And the whole fourth season will progress like that: a show at the Wyly and then a second show at The Texas Theatre.)

This exciting opener sets the bar high for another season of stories that will shock, scintillate, and soothe audiences through a roller coaster of emotions. It also sets the stage for growth: More people than ever will be able to attend our shows. Season tickets and tickets for “Go With the Flow” are on sale now.

Other season four themes:

  • “Train Wreck” (November 3 and 12)
  • “Outside the Box” (December 8 and 10)
  • “Slippery Slope” (January 19 and 21)
  • “Two Peas in a Pod” (February 9 and 11)
  • “Writing on the Wall” (March 16 and 18)
  • “Happy Camper” (April 20 and 22)

We are now taking submissions for all the remaining season four themes — so get busy, people! No writing or performing experience is necessary, but stories must be true and on theme. What are you waiting for? Send us your stories!

“Miss the Boat” featuring Gretchen Goetz

Theme: “Miss the Boat”
Storyteller: Gretchen Goetz

Gretchen Goetz recalls how she walked away unscathed from a vacation turned disaster.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

“Miss the Boat” featuring Joel Page

Theme: “Miss the Boat”
Storyteller: Joel Page

Joel Page shares how he learned the truth behind his father’s absence in his life, and the questions that have haunted him since.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Amanda Rodenborg

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Love is a powerful thing.  It can even overcome conversion therapy.   Let’s learn more about a brave gal who listened to her heart and got “The Whole Enchilada.”

Amanda Rodenborg moved to Texas thirteen years ago after growing up in the Midwest. She is an enthusiastic, if not very accomplished, runner. A sometimes poet and craft beer aficionado, she shares a home in Dallas with her wife, Heather, and Libby the wundermutt.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Blake Friis

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This story highlights a profound truth: sometimes sibling relationships are tough.  It’s all in how you deal with it.  Let’s meet this big brother!

Blake Friis, if not for the lure of khakis and fluorescent lighting, may have become a fourth-generation farmer in rural Iowa, where he grew up doing the kind of chores that inspire young men to pursue lives of khakis and fluorescent lighting.

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“Miss the Boat” featuring Michael Barry

Theme: “Miss the Boat”
Storyteller: Michael Barry

Michael Barry faces his youthful insecurities as a camp counselor.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Melissa Smrekar

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It’s kind of easy to make fun of Fat Camp.  But what if you’re the counselor?  Before we hear this wacky true tale, let’s get to know this sassy storyteller.

Melissa is a fourth generation Dallasite with an affection for soufflés, sundresses, birthdays and books. Melissa currently works as the director of communications for a local nonprofit and spends her free time working on a collection of short stories and plotting the next stamp in her passport.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Drew Weininger

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Some stories keep you on the edge of your seat.  This haunting tale of a teenage prank gone wrong is gonna make you want to know more about this guy.

At the heart of Drew Weininger is a passion to reach out and connect with others. Born in rural Ohio, he is the son of two teachers and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Creative by nature, Drew spends his time writing, sketching, and fulfilling his passion in numerous ways.

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“Miss the Boat” featuring Erin McKnight

Theme: “Miss the Boat”
Storyteller: Erin McKnight

Erin McKnight finds peace in knowing that the displacement she experienced growing up has been paid forward.

Make sure to follow our RSS, Podcasts, Social Media (Facebook & Twitter) streams and now our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on the published stories. So if you missed out on any of the past shows, you finally get your chance to catch up on the action.

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