Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Nicole Stewart

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Oral Fixation’s creator, Nicole Stewart, is no stranger to the stage herself. Next week, she’ll close out the show’s fourth season with a powerful story about the cry for help that helped her overcome an eating disorder in “Happy Camper.”

Nicole Stewart is the creator of Oral Fixation. She spoke at TEDxSMU about the power of sharing your story. Her writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, Modern Loss, and Upworthy. She couldn’t do any of this without her supportive husband Anton, dog Ellie and amazing community of friends.

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“Writing on the Wall” featuring Haven Abedin

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Storyteller: Haven Abedin

Using the most quirky and eloquent details, the adorable Haven Abedin pays homage to her beloved mother, who overcame incredible odds to beat cancer, only to sustain a terrible injury during a family vacation. Through recalling the little acts of kindness that strangers showed Haven and her family during this time of need, she found comfort and peace amid great heartache.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Melissa Smrekar

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Oral Fixation’s assistant director, Melissa Smrekar, is a humorist, Oral Fixation vet and lover of performing. This month, she’ll give a hilarious account of her most memorable childhood camping trips in “Happy Camper.”

Melissa is a fourth generation Dallasite, who works as a fundraiser by day and moonlights as a writer, editor and improviser by night. Oral Fixation’s assistant director, Melissa loves sundresses, souffles, birthdays and books, and is currently writing a collection of comedic essays. She has been feeling feelings since 1986.

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“Writing on the Wall” featuring Phillip Morales

Theme: “Writing on the Wall”
Storyteller: Phillip Morales

The lovable and kind Phillip Morales invites the audience back to his elementary school days for an after-school fight on the playground. In writing about his actions during a subsequent visit to the principal’s office, Phillip discovered his life’s passion and how his hand wrapped around a pencil will always be mightier than a fist.

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“Writing on the Wall” featuring Rene Rivera

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Storyteller: Rene Rivera

With poise and strength, Rene Rivera bravely reveals how, as she questioned the meaning of happiness in her marriage, she finally learned to recognize the signs of her husband’s mental illness.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Charles Scudder

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He’s a writer by trade, but even Charles Scudder couldn’t dream up a story like the Goatman that terrorized North Texas residents in the summer of ’69. This month, he’ll take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about finally meeting the “creature” that haunted his youth in “Happy Camper.”

Charles Scudder is a reporter and editor at The Dallas Morning News. He grew up in Colleyville, Texas, and graduated from the Indiana University School of Journalism in 2014. He has won writing awards from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, & the Hearst National Writing Championship.

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Our Eyes Are Fixed On: Xuan Nguyen

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She always knew she wasn’t like any of her other classmates. And this month, self-described “weird kid” Xuan Nguyen will take the Oral Fixation stage to talk about the time she finally fulfilled her lifelong dream of taking a family camping trip in “Happy Camper.”

After graduating from the University of Texas in Austin, Xuan Nguyen taught children’s theater in Ireland. Her parents feigned retirement in 2012 so that she would return and take over their upholstery business. She takes improv classes at the Dallas Comedy House, makes her own clothes and writes unrequited love songs.

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“Writing on the Wall” featuring Pamela Stone

Theme: “Writing on the Wall”
Storyteller: Pamela Stone

Award-winning writer, and veteran Oral Fixation storyteller,  Pamela Stone return to the Oral Fixation stage to talk about how it was her daughter’s literal “Writing On The Wall” of her bedroom closet that helped the two connect during those awkward teen years.

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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!

“Writing on the Wall” featuring R. Jane Hardin

Theme: “Writing on the Wall”
Storyteller: R. Jane Hardin

Self-proclaimed “exhibitionist” R. Jane Hardin recalls a passionate teenage relationship that resulted in an unplanned pregnancy. After a short-lived, blissful period of “playing house,” Jane endured the agony of an abusive relationship that she left in order to protect her new baby girl.

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