It’s Showtime: Partner In Crime

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Dallas’ beloved live storytelling series for adults returns tonight with the fourth show of its 5th Season at the stunning Dallas City Performance Hall in the heart of the Arts District. This month’s “Partner in Crime,” theme is the perfect way to spend the night out with that special someone, and show them you really care — even on days that don’t happen to be Valentine’s. It’s a great excuse to hang out with buddies, amigos and BFFLs, too.

THE SHOW:

Oral Fixation’s fifth season, continues with “Partner in Crime,” its first show of 2016. There, eight Dallasites will explore both the literal and the figurative meanings of having a “Partner in Crime,” with tales of friendships, deep bonds and some actual bank robbery for good measure. Needless to say, it’d be criminal to miss out on this rap sheet of storytelling.

THE VENUE:

Have you ever been to our new venue 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.

TICKETS:

Flex passes and $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: Partner In Crime

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This past Saturday, excitement, nerves, and raw emotion joined the Oral Fixation “Partner in Crime” cast as they gathered at The Grove to rehearse. All in attendance agreed, this is going to be a powerhouse of a show.

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“Finding any building Downtown stresses me out,” said OF veteran Haven Abedin. “But luckily The Grove is easy to find — and a beautiful space to boot!” The Brookhaven College English Professor also noted that she was glad she didn’t eat all of the peanut M&Ms that The Grove keeps stocked in the dining room.

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Initially surprised by the “awesome stretches and weird noises we made to warm up,” Lyndol Woodruff noted that the theater warm up techniques OF utilizes really helped him feel more at ease with performing. “It was a splendiferous afternoon,” he added.

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“I absolutely loved hearing everyone else’s take on the Partner in Crime theme,” said Nicole Fillion-Robin. “It can mean so many different things to people; I love the diversity of the stories.” Indeed, this show has it all!

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For Paul Yanez, the Partner in Crime theme inspired a lively and honest tale about his dog Ahgee, who showed up just when he needed her most — and served as his co-pilot on a road trip that lasted longer than expected.

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Brooke Lancaster’s lively portrayal of games she once played with her Partner in Crime in New Orleans had the group in stitches. All present may never see noses and quarters the same.

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Mountain View College English Professor Darius Frasure was impressed with the power and depth of his fellow cast members’ tales. “Tuesday is sure to be an emotional tour de force,” he said.

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Dana Proulx-Willis found the afternoon to be wonderful but also surprisingly emotional. “Hearing other people’s stories was amazing,” she said. “But I didn’t quite expect the tears.”

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Although Jeffry Farrell once experienced some of the best theater training on the planet, as the owner of a busy yoga studio, he hasn’t been on stage in a long time. “Like the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz,” Jeffry said, laughing, “I’m kinda rusty at this.”

Thanks to Oak Cliff restaurant, Nova, the “Partner in Crime” cast was treated to some rather delicious brick-oven pizzas — perhaps the perfect food to fuel the rest of rehearsal (with a few M&M’s possibly thrown in for good measure, of course).

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Hard work does indeed pay off, and the “Partner in Crime” cast members have now paid their dues. To witness some amazing evidence, join us and see just how compelling, visceral and entertaining live storytelling can be.

Join us when these “Partner in Crime” performers hit the stage at 8:00 p.m. this Tuesday, February 2, at Dallas City Performance Hall in the Arts District. Tickets are selling fast, so instead of making a run for the box office on show night, claim your seats now! #DoNotMissThisShow

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Lyndol Woodruff

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No matter where he went, Lyndol Woodruff had little trouble finding new bad influences — that is, until the day he realized he had become the bad influence. Next month he takes the Oral Fixation stage to describe his battle with substance abuse in “Partner in Crime.”

Lyndol Keith Woodruff is a unique blend of personality, creativity and business mindedness. A product pitchman by trade, he spent years in Los Angeles working in entertainment, the non-profit sector and has built quite the network. He is VP of Solarity Studios, a writer, actor, stand-up comic and aspiring author/inspirational speaker.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Paul Yanez

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With the help of his four-legged companion, Paul Yanez has learned that he’s up for facing any adventure life throws at him. Next month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Partner in Crime” to recount the time he burned through three cars on a 12-hour-drive. 

Since his quadruple bypass in 2013, Paul Yanez has looked for meaningful ways to spend his time. He supports a small film company (H4H Films) that focuses on human rights issues. Their current project is based on Bessie Rodriguez, whose son was murdered by a Dallas police officer in the ‘70s.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Brooke Lancaster

Whenever she wants to try her hand at a new career field or hobby, Brooke Lancaster doesn’t hesitate to just go for it. Next month, in “Partner in Crime,” she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage, to reveal how that mindset brought her frighteningly close to bank robbery. 

Brooke Lancaster has recently come home to Texas after a decade on the East Coast. She developed a storytelling program for a correctional facility and works with inmates to write a positive next chapter for their lives. Shooting pool, drinking good whiskey, and welding ring in her new year.

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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!!

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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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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nicole Fillion-Robin

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After suffering through a harrowing summer of domestic violence, Nicole Fillion-Robin could have melted down. But next month, she’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how her “Partner in Crime” and fellow DV survivor got her through. 

Nicole Fillion-Robin is a social justice professional, travel enthusiast and lover of most humans. While she enjoys risky behavior — like rock climbing, anarchy and hitchhiking — at heart she’s a true nerd-pacifist and loves losing herself in fiction, journaling and learning foreign languages.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Dana Proulx-Willis

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Truancy, vandalism, shoplifting and drinking were everyday occurrences for Dana Proulx-Willis and her gang of moccasin-wearing cohorts. Next month she’ll recall her years of juvenile delinquency on the Oral Fixation stage in “Partner in Crime.”

Dana Proulx-Willis began life in 1962 in Seattle. Five moves later, she landed in Farmers Branch, Texas, where she spent most of her formative years. She graduated from Arts Magnet, got her BFA in theatre and education from Texas State, and is now a children’s storyteller, teaching artist and playwright.

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