Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jacob Longoria


Every year, everything always seems to go wrong on Jacob Longoria’s birthday. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to talk about how he managed to turn his worst birthday yet into one of the best days of his life. 

Jacob Longoria is a 32-year-old from Mission, Texas. A graduate of The University of North Texas, he recently married his lovely wife Kasie. His hobbies are kayak fishing and screenwriting. And he is looking forward to sharing many of his stories.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Valerie Stokes

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Valerie Stokes wasn’t sure she ever wanted to have kids, but that all changed, not long before she found out she was having twins. Next month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to share her premature twin girls’ NICU journey in “Icing on the Cake.” 

Valerie moved to North Texas in 2003 to attend college at UNT. She’s a part-time blogger and full-time mom to two feisty one-year-old twin girls. An amateur yogi, she runs on Dr Pepper and believes any bad day can be cured with baby giggles.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Penelope Taylor

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While she wasn’t necessarily doted on 364 days out of the year, Penelope Taylor’s birthdays always meant scratch-baked cakes from her mother. Next month she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to describe how’s she’s continued the tradition with her own daughter. 

The middle child of three sisters. Penelope Taylor was born in New York and lived in Manhattan for several years, but she’s been an adopted Texan since 1990. She’s the proud Mom of a beautiful daughter who’s a junior at Texas State. She’s a non-fiction writer, theater and music lover, foodie and avid traveler.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Alyssia Birnbaum


From her propensity to cook for classmates and coworkers, Alyssia Birnbaum’s always felt like a mother. Next month, she’ll hit the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake,” where she’ll talk about her reality television experience, and how she turned her love of cooking into a full-time job.

Alyssia Birnbaum graduated from SMU with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing in 2009. She owns and operates Mama’s Gotta Eat, providing healthy meals in-home and delivery for new mothers and families. She lives in Carrollton with her husband, Eric, her daughters, Amelia and Charlotte and their canine bodyguards.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Bill Holston


For 30 years, Bill Holston practiced law, representing banks and small businesses mostly. But it was the pro bono work he picked up on the side that was his real passion. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to talk about how his pro bono clients made him the humanitarian he is today. 

Bill Holston has provided pro bono legal representation to clients from 20 countries. Bill was named Distinguished Alumni for Public Service for SMU School of Law in 2015. He is a Master Naturalist and has been married for 30 years to his best friend Jill, a public school teacher.

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Meet The Cast of “Icing On The Cake”


Don’t miss these upcoming stories told live @ Dallas City Performance Hall on Tuesday, May 10.

For its season finale, Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) has baked up something astonishing. Sweeter than chocolate and richer than cheesecake, “Icing on the Cake” is guaranteed to satisfy your appetite. Taking the Dallas City Performance Hall stage on Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m., our seven storytellers will mix it up and deliver the goods. From reality show adventures to road trip awakenings, creative cakes to birthday blues, cactus butts to bear caves, and human rights’ protectors to micro-preemie survivors, “Icing on the Cake” has all ingredients to be amazing. Give your sweet tooth what it craves and follow this recipe: Do not miss this show! $25 tickets are on sale now! Keep an eye out for more details: storyteller profiles will be published in coming weeks. First, though, some introductions are in order:

  • Former full-time trial attorney Bill Holston finds purpose in fighting for human rights.
  • Through pink cake and pee, Megan Mayo’s well-organized plan for her husband’s birthday is dashed.
  • On his birthday, Jacob Longoria is rejected, fired, and assaulted — can it get worse?
  • Writer Penny Taylor’s life is layered thick with cakes, cupcakes, and creativity.
  • On a crazy road trip with his sons, John Stanton gets more than he bargained for.
  • Personal chef Alyssia Birnbaum wins big on a network television reality cooking show.
  • And when Valerie Stokes’ twins are born micro-preemies, everything hangs in the balance.

Join us on Tuesday, May 10, 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!

Oral History: Pulling Teeth


On Wednesday, April 13, the cast of “Pulling Teeth” took to the Dallas City Performance Hall stage and delivered just what the dentist ordered: seven crowning tales of transformation and change. Funnier than laughing gas and deeper than a root canal, our “Pulling Teeth” storytellers led the audience on a wild ride that drilled deep, aligned smiles and filled the cavities within. From literal to metaphorical, these “Pulling Teeth” tales went down easy. 

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It’s Showtime!


Dallas’ beloved live storytelling series for adults returns tonight with the penultimate show of its 5th season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. This month’s “Pulling Teeth” theme will really help you sink your teeth into spring. Funnier than laughing gas and more effective than Novocain, “Pulling Teeth” is just what the dentist ordered.


Oral Fixation’s fifth season, continues with “Pulling Teeth.” There, eight Dallasites will explore both the literal and the figurative meanings of having a “Pulling Teeth,” with tales of braces, cavities, drug addictions and dying parents. Oh, and poop. The prognosis is positive, but you must fill your prescription.


Have you ever been to 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.


$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.

Rehearsal Roundup: Pulling Teeth


This past Saturday, the Oral Fixation “Pulling Teeth” cast gathered at The Grove. Excitement, anxiety, and wisdom all came together to crown weeks of writing, rewriting, and still more rewriting. Following some great brick-oven pizzas from the Oak Cliff restaurant, Nova, this crew was ready to start practicing!


With tales of braces, retainers and a seeming Medieval-torture device called The Expander, school psychologist Poonam Desai broke the ice with grace and humor.


Writer and improv artist Greg Silva had the cast in stitches, explaining in detail the various ways he once attempted to cajole his colon back into operation after a surgery. He also showed the cast his commemorative large intestine tattoo. “You don’t see one of those every day,” remarked one cast member.


Former teacher and Hockaday alum Anna Lassiter fought back tears over a difficult memory — but then in minutes had everyone laughing at her creative attempts to control a troubled student.


Author Yasmin Waring impressed all with her Bugs Bunny impression, only to then touch everyone with bittersweet memories of her father’s final days.


OF Veteran Peter Luby took us to a dentist’s office in Morocco, where he ended his cavity-free life — without the benefit of Novocain!


With sass and wit, Tracy Hawkins wowed the cast with her tale of overcoming addiction and getting her smile back.


With a voice made for public speaking and storytelling, dentist, professor, pastor and painter Stan Cobb took cast members on a decades-long ride that spanned cities, friends, pulled teeth and lots of change.


If you want more details on any of these great tales — and also want to see something that will truly inspire you, move you and make you laugh aloud — join us on Wednesday, April 13, at 8 p.m. for “Pulling Teeth” at the Dallas City Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. Buy your tickets now! ($15 student tickets are available at the door with valid ID.) #DoNotMissThisShow

Check out our entire batch of “Pulling Teeth” rehearsal photos in the gallery below:

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Peter Luby


Veteran storyteller Peter Luby hoped joining the Peace Corps would “test his mettle and sharpen his sense of humor.” Later this month, he returns to the Oral Fixation stage in “Pulling Teeth,” where he’ll talk about how the experience tested his limits and led to his first-ever cavity. 

Peter Luby is a grant writer and Oral Fixation’s membership coordinator. He lives in Fort Worth. He and his wife Britt welcomed their first son, Martin, to the world just five weeks ago. So he’s tired. And happy.

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