Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Tracy Hawkins

Tracy Hawkins

Tracy Hawkins loves to laugh. But for awhile there, thanks to her meth habit, showing her teeth was something she was too embarrassed to do. In a few weeks, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth” to talk about how she got her smile back.

With four children and eight grandchildren, Tracy Hawkins loves her life packed full with family, camping, dancing and four-legged friends: a chow named Buddy and a rabbit named Olivia Bunny Benson. Close to becoming a licensed chemical dependency counselor, Tracy looks forward to helping others find their way.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Stan Cobb

Stan Cobb

Stan Cobb’s favorite road is the one he’s never been down before. Roads like these have taken him to a small town out in the country to open his first dental practice, and back to the big city to begin sharing his wisdom with others. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth,” to share some of those pearls of wisdom with you. 

Stan Cobb is a dentist, writer, speaker, artist, teacher, cowboy and minister. Stan started his speaking career as “The Cowboy Dentist from Spearman, Texas.” The Director of Ethics Education at Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry, Dr. Cobb is also the Dallas Director of The Christian Medical and Dental Associations.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Greg Silva

Greg Silva

Greg Silva just loves telling funny stories — especially ones involving poop. Fortunately, a certain hospital stay gave him the poop story of a lifetime. And next month he’ll rock the Oral Fixation stage like a post-surgery deuce in “Pulling Teeth.”

Greg Silva has spent the last two decades trying desperately to make people laugh at things he’s either written or performed. He fills his considerable amount of downtime with videogames and bike rides. His wife and dogs think he’s hilarious.

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Meet the Cast of “Pulling Teeth”

Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ Dallas City Performance Hall on Wednesday, April 13.

There’s no better way to sink your teeth into spring than by spending an evening with  Big D’s dynamic live storytelling series for adults, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales). Funnier than laughing gas and more effective than Novocain, “Pulling Teeth” is just what the dentist ordered. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Wednesday, April 13 at 8 p.m., our seven storytellers will align your smile, definitely strike a nerve, and if your soul has any cavities — they will not only be filled, but crowned. With more wisdom than wisdom teeth, more laughs than nitrous, and more depth than a root canal, this show has it all: Moroccan adventures and small town dentistry, stubborn baby teeth and stubborn colons, Big Daddy wires and Big Apple delinquents, meth-mouth makeovers and cowboy dentist do-overs. The prognosis is positive, but you must fill your prescription. First, though, some introductions are in order:

  • As a first-year teacher in NYC, Anna Lassiter toils to save a troubled, violent kid.
  • When comedian Greg Silva survives colon cancer, pooping proves problematic.
  • Braces and retainers just about do Poonam Desai in.
  • OF Veteran Peter Luby discovers the joys of third-world dentistry and marriage.
  • Author and attorney Yasmin Waring struggles with both a stubborn father and a stubborn baby tooth.
  • Dental school professor Stan Cobb discovers that pain can lead to enlightenment.
  • And former meth addict Tracy Hawkins learns the power of second chances and special smiles.

Join us on Wednesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at Dallas City Performance Hall. $25 indivudal tickets are on sale now. More info to come on every storyteller as their profile is published in the coming days. We can’t wait to see you there!

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Poonam Desai

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Poonam Desai’s teeth weren’t always quite so straight. She had to earn them by surviving torturous devices with such intimidating names as “The Big Daddy.” And next month she takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe this battle in “Pulling Teeth.”

Poonam Desai, Ph.D. is a school psychologist, with a social justice bent. She is working to bring mindfulness to Texas schools. She loves painting, traveling with her husband, blowing bubbles in the sun, dancing, reading Harry Potter and cooking for friends.

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“Partner In Crime” Featuring Jeffry Farrell

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Storyteller: Jeffry Farrell

Jeffry Farrell’s tale of his friendship with mentor Kumar Pallana (of Bottle Rocket fame) spanned decades, from the Thanksgiving night they met to the morning Jeffry placed Kumar’s ashes in the Ganges River in India. Filled with life lessons, Jeffry’s story resonated with many in the audience.

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“Partner In Crime” featuring Nicole Fillion-Robin

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Storyteller: Nicole Fillion-Robin

With a harrowing tale of survival and fighting back against domestic violence, Nicole Fillion-Robin takes the audience from the depths of despair to the heights of empowerment. And when she informed them that her perpetrator now sits in jail, they broke into rapturous applause.

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“Partner In Crime” Featuring Darius Frasure

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Storyteller: Darius Frasure

Once enmeshed in gang life, English Professor Darius Frasure recounts a turning point in his life where everything changed for him. “With most of my homies dropping out of school, committing suicide, getting locked up or dying,” he realized. “Leaving was the only way to secure my future.”

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“Partner In Crime” featuring Brooke Lancaster

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Storyteller: Brooke Lancaster

Brooke Lancaster takes audiences on a wild ride with a roommate and best friend that turns out to have a double life on the wrong side of the law. And the way she winds up finding out will really blow you away.

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“Partner In Crime” featuring Lyndol Woodruff

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Storyteller: Lyndol Woodruff

With a story that begins at age 9, Lyndol Woodruff chronicles the bad influences that led him into drugs, drinking and delinquency. And then, Lyndol realized, he had become his own bad influence. Announcing 16 months of sobriety on show night, Lyndol received accolades and cheers.

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