Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Maya Modi

Maya Modi loved her job as a high school art teacher. But when a doctored video from her classroom went viral—everything changed. On Tuesday, December 19, we’ll join Maya as she relives the roller coaster ride that became her life. 

Maya Modi is an entrepreneur, artist, and dedicated animal advocate. When she is not painting in watercolor, she works with Dallas Pets Alive! to foster kittens and make the city a no-kill haven for animals. Maya shares her stories in order to educate the public on issues that are often not thought about.

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Meet “Close To Home” Storyteller Tara Humphrey

When Tara Humphrey met her future husband, life seemed magical. In the years that followed, however, both joy and pain came to visit. On Tuesday night, December 19, Tara will take us on her journey through love, children, and loss.

An instructor and writer for The Global Peel, Tara Humphrey is also a contributing writer for Elite News and a poet. With a background in anthropology & philosophy, she has produced multicultural events for over twelve years. She has studied pastry making and French cuisine in Paris, and the culinary traditions of Central America in Panama.

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Meet the Cast of “Close To Home”

Don’t miss these stories told live @ Moody Performance Hall on Tuesday, December 19th.

For this holiday season, Oral Fixation is gifting our city with something wondrous: “Close To Home.” Wrapped up special and delivered with grace, this show will open your eyes, warm your heart, and tickle your funny bone. Taking the Moody Performance Hall stage on Tuesday, December 19 at 8 p.m., our seven storytellers will deliver the goods better than Amazon Prime. From fleeing persecution to fighting a takeover, from battling intruders to overcoming viral videos, and from finding a family to finding oneself—“Close To Home” explores and celebrates the human experience like nothing else. Storyteller profiles will be published soon. In the meantime, though, some introductions:

  • Iranian refugee Rooha Haghar, 17, spends the summer working at the agency that helped save her life.
  • Attorney and U.S. congressional candidate Lorie Burch finds her voice, identity, and purpose.
  • When a burglar alarm wails one night, Coleman Easley, then 17, helps search for the “intruder.”
  • Writer Tara Humphrey struggles and triumphs through marriage, children, and loss.
  • When an edited video goes viral, art teacher Maya Modi’s life is turned upside down.
  • Tasked with saving his family’s 100-year-old company, Greg Miller steps up to the plate.
  • Adman Jim “Wegs” Wegerbauer receives a letter, setting off a chain of events that all lead to one place—home.

‘Tis the season, so make your plans to join us in the magically beautiful Dallas Arts District and rejoice! Family in town for the holidays? This is the perfect event. $25 tickets are on sale now. Don’t miss this show!

Oral History: Jump Off A Cliff

On Friday evening, November 3, over 220 people filled every seat in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House to christen Oral Fixation’s return to the Metroplex. After a year’s hiatus, we kicked off Season 6 with “Jump Off A Cliff,” a special all-women show headlined by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. From sisterly love and saving a marriage—to conquering a climbing gym and floating into faith—to standing up for oneself and taking a stand—#JumpOffACliff spanned the spectrum, sold-out, and pleased the crowd galore.

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Share Your Story: Close To Home

kləʊz / tə / həʊm

What does it mean?

– Affects you deeply and emotionally because you can strongly relate to it (Source: The Free Dictionary).

– Causes you to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed because it is likely to be true (Source: The Longman Dictionary).

– Is within close proximity to your home or dwelling (Source: The Urban Dictionary).

– Involves someone directly (Source: MacMillan Dictionary).

Example Sentences:

Because I was bullied as a kid, I teared up when my son told me he gets teased at school—it’s just so close to home (Source: The Farlex Dictionary of Idioms).

That remark about their marriage hit close to home (Source: The American Heritage Idioms Dictionary).

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world (Source: Eleanor Roosevelt).

The bombs hit close to home last night; they were only a few miles away (Source: The Urban Dictionary).

This problem hits particularly close to home for many parents (Source: The MacMillan Dictionary).

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