Our Eyes Are Fixed On: John Stanton

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He wasn’t sure he ever wanted kids, but now John Stanton relishes his adventures with his three boys. Next week, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to relive the first road trip he took with his two oldest.

John Stanton is a hospital management consultant that resides in East Dallas. He and his wife of over 20 years, Rachel, are the zookeepers for three boys, two dogs, two cats, two cockatiels, a leopard gecko and three very spoiled chickens. In an alternate universe, John is an organic gardener and master craftsman.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Megan Mayo

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Sometimes when everything feels like it’s going wrong, you might actually be making memories you’ll grow to cherish later. Later this month, Megan Mayo will take the Oral Fixation stage in “Icing on the Cake” to share fond memories of an especially disastrous birthday. 

Megan Mayo is a Texan with Illinois roots. She lives in the Northern suburbs with her high school sweetheart and precocious toddler. All she needs to be happy is good barbecue and better friends. She’s a corporate stooge by day, a humorist by night and goofy all the time.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Jacob Longoria

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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: Penny Taylor

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While she wasn’t necessarily doted on 364 days out of the year, Penny 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. Penny 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

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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

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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”

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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

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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!

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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.

THE SHOW:

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.

THE VENUE:

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.

TICKETS:

$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.

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