VIDEOS from “Destination America”

Relive our “Destination America” event, in collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art & SOLUNA Festival, exploring the lives of immigrants.

This May marked Oral Fixation’s second collaboration with the Dallas Museum of Art and for this one we collaborated with SOLUNA International Music & Art Festival. The result was “Destination America”, an evening of stories from the mouths of immigrants and refugees. We are delighted to present these special stories to you now on video. Each video begins with an introduction to the storyteller by Monte Laster, who shot these intimate interviews with them in the Dallas Museum of Art as they discuss a personal connection that they have with a piece in the museum. Open your heart and experience the incredible power of the human spirit to endure and shine through even the most difficult of circumstances. Below is the entire playlist of the show. If you enjoy them, please share!

Meet the Cast of “In the Doghouse”


Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ Dallas City Performance Hall on Wednesday, October 21st.

Go ahead and mark your calendars now, because if your better half finds out you missed out on nabbing tickets to see  Dallas’ always buzzy live storytelling series of adults when it returns to the Dallas City Performance Hall on October 21st, well, let’s just say you’ll really be in the doghouse. It’s something the performers from the second show of our fifth season know a thing or two about. Speaking of those seven Dallasites that will be sharing stories about getting on somebody’s bad side or, y’know, talking about actual dogs, some introductions are in order.
  • Oral Fixation veteran Allison Hatfield takes the stage with her online dating approach to finding Mr. Right — a canine that is.
  • Comedian Jim Kuenzer will have you snorting with laughter at his tale of middle school hijinks.
  • Pastor Pollo Corral will shock you with his no-holds-barred account of 40 days spent in captivity due to a mismanaged drug deal.
  • Dallas Comedy House star Christie Wallace expertly reveals how a special pup made her way into her heart.
  • Cathy Hutchison reacts to the terrifying moment of having to tell her mother she was pregnant out of wedlock.
  • Hal Karp takes it way back to a memorable childhood prank.
  • And crazed, expectant father Wayne Applebaum digs himself a deep hole with his overtaxed wife.
Join us on Wednesday, October 21st at 8pm at Dallas City Performance Hall. $25 indivudal tickets and season flex passes are on sale now. More info to come on every storyteller as their profile is published in the coming weeks. We can’t wait to see you there!

It’s Showtime!


Dallas’ super-hot live storytelling series for adults hits the big leagues tonight with its 5th Season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. The season opener, “Push the Envelope,” is a metaphor for the unconventional series itself, and you’ll surely want to be there when we christen our new home.

When Oral Fixation kicks off its fifth season, it will not only do so with a “Push the Envelope” themed show, but in its new home at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall, the series’ largest locale to date. There, seven Dallasites will share some unconventional, boundary-pushing true life tales, ranging from adopting Russian babies to unique birthday celebrations, schoolyard tussles and battles with cancer.

Have you ever been to our new venue Dallas City Performance Hall?  It is simply amazing. Located at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201, the venue is situated between the Wyly Theatre and One Arts Plaza, across the street from Booker T. Washington High School in the heart of the Arts District.  From the comfortable built-in movie theatre style seating to the fact you can bring your alcoholic beverages into the theatre to its state of the art lights, video and sound capabilities, it is going to rock your world! Valet and self-parking is available at One Arts Plaza, surface lots on Ross Avenue or park free at a meter on Ross. Surrounding dining options before the shows include Lark on the Park, Proof & Pantry, Savor, and Stephen Pyles. You’re going to want to make a habit of catching up with friends at our shows and hitting the town.

Season tickets, flex passes and $25 individual tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone at (888) 454-4353, or online through Prekindle. Group and student discounts are available. Students show their ID at the door for $15 tickets.

“In The Doghouse”



What does it mean?

– to be in a situation of being the object of someone’s anger or disapproval. (source: Wiktionary).

– in a ​situation in which someone is ​angry at you for something you did or did not do. (source: Cambridge Dictionary).

– in disfavor or disgrace. (source:

Example Sentences:

Rob: Do you want to come out with us tonight, Bob?
Bob: I can’t, Rob.
Rob: Why not?
Bob: I’m in the doghouse with my wife.
Rob: Why? What did you do?
Bob: I forgot her birthday.

Richard was in the doghouse with his girlfriend until he bought her some roses.

Sarah is in the doghouse with Mike because she called him Tim by mistake.

(source: Idiom Meanings)

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Rehearsal Roundup: “Push The Envelope”

Nicole Stewart preps the cast of “Push The Envelope” on how to give a killer performance.

The Grove in Dallas’s historical West End was the perfect site for a cast of storytellers to make the final preparations heading into the first show of Oral Fixation’s 5th season!

One of the first to arrive, Wayne Applebaum was captivated by the stylish set up of OF’s new rehearsal facility. “This is an amazing space,” he said. “It’s giving me ideas about my tech consulting company offices.”


There was an energy of breaking new ground as storytellers bonded over pizza provided by Nova, and shared tales of a therapeutic editing process. “Talk about pushing the envelope!” exclaimed Mary Kreider, as she recalled reaching an emotional breakthrough following several drafts of her story about mustering up the courage to stand a podium.


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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Wayne Applebaum

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Wayne Applebaum comes from a long line of worriers. And this month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about the time he had to put on a brave face during his son’s cancer battle in “Push the Envelope.”

Wayne Applebaum spends his waking hours at Avalon Consulting, LLC. He lives in Plano with his wife, Beth, two cats and two dogs. They have two adult children. He loves the Art’s District, TITAS, the DTC, the DMA, Whole Foods and is hopelessly addicted to binge-watching West Wing.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Justin Nygren


A major car accident should have killed him. Not only did Justin Nygren survive, this month he takes the Oral Fixation stage in “Push the Envelope” to talk about how that wreck was the spark that renewed his creative spirit.

Justin Nygren is a father of two, dreamer, possibilitarian, beer nerd, coffee lover and friend. He co-founded ArtLoveMagic, an organization that supports artists through positive community, workshops and live events. He co- owns The Grove, a collaborative co-working community devoted to stewarding the dreams of our members, and making a positive social impact.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Mary Kreider


A performer at heart, the rocking and rolling Mary Kreider conquers her fear of public speaking this month on the Oral Fixation stage in “Push the Envelope.

Mary Kreider grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Clemson before landing in Dallas. A 25-year employee of Sewell Lexus, her passions are playing guitar, gardening and any vacation that involves both hiking and drinking wine. She and her husband share their home with their red-headed, four-legged daughter Sydney.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Christian Yazdanpanah


After growing up in poverty himself, Christian Yazdanpanah now works to empower children in low-income households. This month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Push the Envelope” to talk about the decision to help those kids who need it the most. 

Christian Yazpandanah never realized he was growing up poor thanks to a mother who reinforced love, curiosity and purpose as keys to a life of happiness. Collaborating with influencers like Kobe Bryant, Shepard Fairey, Michael Irvin, Kendrick Lamar and Erykah Badu, Christian inspires youth to seek a life of happiness.

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