Oral History: “Outside the Box”

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After three-plus years of incredible shows featuring brave Dallasites, there was just something special about this month’s show, “Outside the Box.” Many of our fans agreed, leaving the Wyly on Monday and Texas Theatre on Wednesday remarking that it was one of the best shows they could remember. Our seven brave first-time storytellers, with stories as diverse as their personalities, bared their souls on stage with hilarious and heartbreaking tales of an atypical event, time, choice, or decision in their lives. Enjoy this glimpse into the box!

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jenny Block

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She misses Buli and swing sets and would wear a tutu every day of the week if it was even remotely socially acceptable. And this month, Jenny Block shares the continuing story of her open marriage on the Oral Fixation stage for “Outside the Box.”

Jenny Block is the author of the Lambda Award-winning book Open: Love, Sex, and Life in as Open Marriage. Her writing appears in and on HuffingtonPost.com, Curve magazine, Dallas Voice, and Edge Media Network. Her new book, due out next year, is Oh Wow! Discovering Your Ultimate Orgasm.

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“Old School,” Featuring Shama Shams

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Storyteller: Shama Shams

Being illiterate until the age of 10, Shama shares her incredible journey, from Bangladesh to Memphis, TN., of becoming an educated woman. With her father’s influence all the way, she explains why she turned down Harvard and how receiving a blank journal opened up her dreams.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Randy E. Aguebor

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He’s flexible enough for the splits and does a pretty good Elmo impersonation. But next week you will find Randy E. Aguebor speaking only as himself in his Oral Fixation debut for the last show of 2014, “Outside the Box.”

The product of hardworking parents and an excellent education, Randy E. Aguebor is the student who’d always get in trouble for reading novels during class.  Armed with a lifelong fascination with words and a voice described as dark, smooth, melodic, and reassuring, Randy is pursuing a career as a voice actor. 

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“Old School,” Featuring Jonathan Schlesinger

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Storyteller: Jonathan Schlesinger

After leaving South Africa, Jonathan shares his rule abiding and humorous moments of attending boarding school in England while a pivotal relationship helped him get into Harvard. You will never view “success” the same after watching this great story.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Elliot Kaiser

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He values loyalty above all else and loves to hang out at The Goldrush Cafe. And next month you will find Elliot Kaiser on the Oral Fixation stage for “Outside the Box,” where he will share his story of the time his devotion to friendship led him to help a hoarder move a bunch of crap across an ocean. 

Born and raised in Dallas, Elliot Kaiser joined the Navy at age 18 and served his time in Yokosuka, Japan. After his discharge, Elliot earned his bachelor’s in classics from the University of Dallas through the Montgomery G.I. Bill. Today he is a freelance video production assistant and writer.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Ernest McMillan

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Taking the Oral Fixation stage for the first time for next month’s “Outside the Box”: Ernest McMillan, with a powerful story of becoming a fugitive in West Africa in the late 1960s. 

Ernest McMillan was born in the heart of Dallas, the offspring of a country girl and a city boy, inherited strong legacies from brave ancestors, sprouted fresh strivings through the turbulent 1960s to become a community builder in Houston’s bloody Fifth Ward until 2007, returning home to Dallas rejuvenated.

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