“Out From Under The Rug” Featuring Emily Cortez

Theme: “Out From Under The Rug”
Storyteller: Emily Cortez

In her early twenties, Emily Cortez felt her life was really starting to take off when she fell in love with an older man, missed some birth control pills, and suddenly found herself gaining weight and fighting back nausea. With multiple tests confirming her pregnancy, Emily knew she was not ready to be a mother. Going against her Catholic faith, she chose to abort her pregnancy. “Walking into the clinic, I was greeted outside by a middle-aged man holding a sign: ‘You’re going to hell!’” Later, a full range of emotions overtook her, including fear of being judged and a wavering between guilt and non-guilt. Ultimately, however, the experience transformed her: “My unplanned pregnancy helped shape the timid woman I was into the strong, vocal woman I am today. To that protestor who held that sign, I want you to know: I am like you—a person—a human with stories, moments and experiences that have shaped me but do not define me.”

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“Out From Under The Rug” featuring Britt Payne

Theme: “Out From Under The Rug”
Storyteller: Britt Payne

When Britt Payne discovered she was pregnant, she thought “everything would fall into place.” The opposite occurred. “I want the whole package,” the man said, “and you are not it.” Britt questioned everything. “Would I bring this little spirit into the world, knowing that its father would likely dip in and out, a sentence of a lifetime of heartache? Or would I have an abortion and set the spirit free? ” No easy answers, but in choosing to terminate her pregnancy, Britt ventured onto a path of self-love where she realized that she actually is the whole package.

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“Push The Envelope”

“Push The Envelope” Podcast is now LIVE

New Podcast for “Push The Envelope” in Partnership with Dallas Media Outlet, CentralTrack.com, as One Continuous Podcast

The Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales) podcast is back for Season 5! We will be releasing each Season 5 show once a month in collaboration with Central Track starting with ‪#‎PushTheEnvelope‬. Check out our new updated format edited by former storyteller Emily Trube including music by the amazing Daniel Hart & Dark Rooms! Click below, fill your cup with something warm & enjoy!!

In this episode, you’ll hear the following: Read more

Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jeffry Farrell

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When Jeffry Farrell called Kumar Pallana in 1995 from a payphone on the street in Paris, the short, stout Pallana, also known as “Kumar the Magnificent”, thanked him for returning his call. “Leave Paris,” Pallana instructed, and  Farrell returned to Dallas. Reeling from an unwanted divorce and unsure of his future, Farrell followed orders. In the years that followed, Pallana, former world-class plate-spinner from The Ed Sullivan Show, instructed Farrell in yoga, juggling and balance (in all things, from spinning plates to life). Farrell, a lost man, found his way and Kumar the Magnificent went on to star in films by Wes Anderson and Steven Spielberg.

Jeffry Farrell lives with the perception that one’s body is the living record of personal history. And, further, that our human body is a vessel of timeless Divine Consciousness. His children laugh. His wife laughs, sings and sometimes cries. Jeff teaches at and owns Park Cities Yoga, celebrating 16 years in Dallas.

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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!

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Meet & Greet the Cast of “Happy Camper” at The Wild Detectives

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Rhoni Golden shares an except from her “Writing On The Wall” story at last month’s Wild Detectives event

Get to know the cast of “Happy Camper”
before the show!

Please join The Wild Detectives in welcoming Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales), Dallas’ buzzy live storytelling series, to Oak Cliff for a special intimate Meet & Greet event on Thurssday, April 16th from 7:30-9pm!

For our final show of the season, we’re packing lots of heat! This month, Dallas’ juciest live storytelling series for adults will bring you enough true, personal tales on the theme, “Happy Camper” to hold you over for an entire summer.

  • Ken Bethea shares how he quit his corporate gig at age 30 to pursue life as a musician with the Old 97’s.
  • Randy Brown remembers finding himself deep in the heart of the Grand Canyon without a lifeline.
  • Ryan Gifford-Robinson works as a counselor at a remarkable camp for disabled youth.
  • Self-described “weird kid” Xuan Nguyen  relives her dream of camping at a Vietnamese Catholic retreat.
  • Charles Scudder turns his passion for the Goatman ghost story into a career in investigative reporting.
  • On a mandatory 8th grade camping trip, Melissa Smrekar learns that “it’s really liberating to say no to shit you hate.”
  • Oral Fixation creator Nicole Stewart shares how getting kicked out of her summer camp in Colorado taught her it was OK to fail.

Creator Nicole Stewart will be in attendance with the cast of storytellers before their April 20th & 22th “Happy Camper” shows. Enjoy the always fantastic literary atmosphere at The Wild Detectives and learn how you can plug into this sizzling story-loving community as an audience member, a story-sharer or both!

Host Nicole Stewart at last month's Meet the Cast for "Writing On The Wall"
Host Nicole Stewart at last month’s Meet the Cast for “Writing On The Wall”

At this *FREE* event, join us for a creative conversation about the editing process, excerpts from “Happy Camper” stories, testimonials from past storytellers, and a DRAWING FOR FREE TIX TO “Happy Camper” at Texas Theatre! Beverages (beer, wine, coffee & more) and light bites will be available for sale. RSVP on the Facebook event page now.

Don’t forget to get your tickets now for the “Happy Camper” show on Monday, April 20th, at the Wyly, or Wednesday, April 22th, at Texas Theatre. Tickets are on sale now!

We can’t wait to see you there!

Meet & Greet the Cast of “Writing On The Wall” at The Wild Detectives

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Get to know the cast of “Writing On The Wall”
before the show!

Please join The Wild Detectives in welcoming Oral Fixation (An Obsession with True Life Tales), Dallas’ buzzy live storytelling series, to Oak Cliff for a special intimate Meet & Greet event on Wednesday, March 11th from 7:30-9p.m.!

After receiving a record number of story submissions, March’s Oral Fixation show is already shaping up to be a breathtaking show features a dizzying array of points of view that will wow you. Grab a notebook and pen and settle in, because for our penultimate show of Season 4, seven Dallasites will boldly face up the unshakable truth in “Writing on the Wall.”

Storytellers include:

  • Rhoni Golden, who shares a hysterical tale of the poop-smeared trials of having an autistic child.
  • Rene Rivera, who shares how she is finally forced to recognize her husband’s mental illness.
  • Haven Abedin, who reveals the kindness of strangers after her ailing mother takes a terrible fall.
  • Phillip Morales,  who credits a childhood fight with his discovering his passion for words.
  • R. Jane Hardin, who takes us back to 1968 when an unplanned pregnancy turned into domestic violence.

Creator Nicole Stewart will be in attendance with the cast of storytellers before their March 16th & 25th “Writing On The Wall” shows. Enjoy the always fantastic literary atmosphere at The Wild Detectives and learn how you can plug into this sizzling story-loving community as an audience member, a story-sharer or both!

Check out scenes from our last Meet & Greet event for “Two Peas In A Pod”…

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At this *FREE* event, join us for a creative conversation about the editing process, excerpts from “Writing On The Wall” stories, testimonials from past storytellers and a DRAWING FOR FREE TIX TO “Writing On The Wall” at Texas Theatre! Beverages (beer, wine, coffee & more) and light bites will be available for sale. RSVP on the Facebook event page now.

Don’t forget to get your tickets now for the “Writing On The Wall” show on Monday, March 16th, at the Wyly, or Wednesday, March 25th, at Texas Theatre. Tickets are on sale now!

We can’t wait to see you there!

“Two Peas In A Pod” featuring Robert Hunt

Theme: “Two Peas In A Pod”
Storyteller: Robert Hunt

The charming and eloquent Robert Hunt peels back the curtain and offers a peek into life as a twin. While their youth certainly included classic twin stunts — like switching places in class to see if the teacher would notice — growing up as a twin is also a process of allowing each other to create your own identities, Robert reveals. In doing so, Robert learns that he and his twin weren’t two of the same; they were always twice as much.

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